Biting the hand that feeds

3 Sunnis killed in northern Iraq

The REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, in action:

MOSUL, IRAQ – Gunmen in this northern city Friday abducted and publicly executed three Sunni Arab activists who had been working to draw the disgruntled Sunni minority into Iraq’s political mainstream, and then draped their bodies in a get-out-the-vote banner.

The killings, before a horrified crowd, were the latest episode in the accelerating violence between insurgents and the Sunni minority that has been their base of support. [emphasis Murdoc’s]

I believe that a lot of the Sunnis in Iraq felt screwed-over in January’s elections, and rightly so. If you don’t vote, you don’t get a say, of course. But I’m wondering how many Sunnis stayed away from the polls because they didn’t support the new government and how many stayed away because they feared for their lives and the lives of their family.

I’ve got to tell you that if I lived in Detroit, say, instead of West Michigan and the unions, for instance were going around with impunity beating the living spit out of Republicans, throwing rocks through the windows of known Republican sympathizers, and threatening the children of outspoken Republican voters, I probably wouldn’t have voted last November.

It’s like that in places like Fallujah and Ramadi, only a thousand times worse. And it’s not a beating or a vandalized house you have to worry about. It’s being nabbed off the street and gunned down in broad daylight.

Is this terrible? Yes. Is this a sign that the insurgents and terrorists still have strength? Yes. Do the Iraqis deserve better security than they’re getting? Yes. Is this an indication that the road to democracy and peace in Iraq is still very rough and rocky? Of course.

But I think that this is a bridge that needs to be crossed. Many Sunnis seem intent on letting their voice be heard this time around, though there will doubtlessly be violence and terror trying to prevent them from participating.

But you can only blow up people so long before they begin to tire of it. And though I realize our enemies and the enemies of the new Iraq are still strong, I think they know that if they don’t derail things very quickly they are doomed in the long run.

Michael Moore called the insurgents and terrorists the “REVOLUTION”, and he said that their numbers would grow and that they would win. So far it seems almost certain that their numbers have shrunk and that their support base has dwindled. Whether they will win or not is still to be seen, but if I had to choose sides to be on, I know which side it would be.


  1. what indication is there that these attackers were Sunnis, and not uptight Shia who also don’t want peace. I am hearing MSM noises about growing stectarian strife.

  2. You could be right, Sam. And there’s no doubt that Sunni-Shia strife is a big problem and very possibly getting worse. This could also be the work of Shiites who DO want the democratic system to work, just without the participation of Sunnis. Overall, though, by and large the Iraqi insurgency and the homegrown terrorists have been Sunni and Sunni-supported. If this had been in Basrah I’d be very open to the idea of Shiite extremists, likely backed by Iran. As this was in Mosul, I think the Baathist or foreign terrorist scenario is probably the most likely. Or, possibly, Kurdish militants, though that hasn’t been nearly so much of a problem as far as I can tell. In any event, this attack will probably be percieved by many to be the work of Baathist dead-enders or foreign terrorists striking back at Sunnis who are buying into the system.