From a StateDept source that works with agencies of the Iraqi Parliament:
First and foremost of all, I want to thank all of you who have rushed e-mails and calls to me to see that I
am Ok, in light of the suicide bombing of the Iraqi Parliament cafeteria. It was most heartening.
For those of you who did not care enough to e-mail me,
it's OK, I'm all right.
Actually, depite the reporting I've heard from CNN,
BBC and NPR, which keeps up the ominous drone of doom
about the terrorists breaching the Parliament buliding
in "the heart of the heavily fortified Green Zone,"
the FACT is the Parliament buliding is NOT IN the
Green Zone. We turned it over to the Iraqis in 2006.
And when it was, it was at the outer NW edge of the
Green or International Zone.
Of course, no one here especially expects the press,
with its now, 4 year old biases to get it right. But
that being said, I am beginning to believe there is
else going on here that this episode illustrates,
which in an unfortunately perverse way, suggests
The attack was carried out by Al
Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), the Mesopotamian affiliate of bin
Laden's parent corporation. (Actually, it's more like
a cooperative) It was directed in the first instance
what it sees are Sunni Quislings, who advocate the
apostacy of political integration in finding a
political "solution" to this strife.
The AQI started doing that in Al Anbar a while ago,
attacking tribal leaders who decided to try to
leverage a political resolution into all kinds of
advantages, some high-minded, many not. After a few
moths of attacks on these indigenous tribes
many of the tribal leaders havebegan turning vilently
and relentlessly against AQI. they began turning them
in, but usually just tracked them down and killed
them...by the truckloads.
If that begins to happen in Baghdad we have a real
[redacted] noted correctly the other day when the Shia were
demonstarting in Najaf for the expelling of the
"occupiers," the most significant and perdominant
visual was the crowds waving the Iraqi flag; not the
green banner of Shia or the black martyrs' flags. That
act of nationalism, even though likely staged, had to
resonante with a sizeable portion of the
demonstartors. At least the leadership felt the need
or advantage of doing that.
You'll never get the press to talk about this in that
way, but it's probably a fairer indication of trends
As you can see, I'm still hopeful and confident that
we can prevail here, or maybe I should say the Iraqis
can prevail......no, it is we that must prevail.
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