Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Sunni Terrorists want to "negotiate"

According to this article in Time, (via Daniel Drezner, whom I have just discovered), Sunni terrorists have been negotiating with U.S. forces through back-channels.

I'm no expert on diplomacy and war. But I think it's bad news if we go along with this. The Sunni negotiators said they want to be like Sinn Fein and that their goal is to "unify the groups, to resist the aggressor and put our views to the people" (emphasis mine). Sinn Fein? The political wing of Irish terrorists? This is like the defeated Nazis telling us they want to be like Shay's Rebellion. And that bit about "resisting the aggressor" sure does sound comforting.

This is a trial balloon. The insurgency realizes it cannot go on forever. At the same time, they are hoping to get a deal that will allow them to continue bullying people and using threats to obtain what they want. It will be just like the good old days when Saddam was in power and being a Sunni meant walking around with an air of superiority and control over everyone else.

Sorry guys: go take a long walk off a short pier. Come back when you're ready to use words like "unconditional" and "stand trial for murder." You lost--now start acting like it.