Over the weekend, Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr told his militia to stop fighting Iraqi government forces.<br>Turns out that Iran was involved in brokering the cease fire.<br>Al-Sadr and some Shiite parties have close ties to Iran, a Shiite-dominated country. The talks were the latest reflection of the influence Iran wields in Iraq, where about 60 percent of the population is Shiite.<br><br>I really don't know much about this stuff but I've got a strong suspicion that we backed the wrong people (Shias) in Iraq.<br><br>Saddam Hussein was a Sunni. I don't think we worked with the Sunnis because we thought of the Iraqi Sunnis as the enemy because of Saddam.<br><br>Again the stipulation that I don't know what I am talking about...<br>The Sunnis were the people who knew how to govern Iraq.<br>The Sunnis kept Iran in check.<br>The Sunnis are our friends in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and Jordon and Egypt.<br><br>First of all I don't understand why Shia are fighting Shia in Iraq.<br>Second, I don't like the close ties of the Shia with Iran.<br><br><br>
Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
I think you have a perfect understanding of what has happened. At least you have a thousand fold more understanding than Bush, Cheney, or McCain. (They haven't quite figured out there is a difference between Shiite, Sunni, and Al Qieda.)<br><br>I think currently we are shooting at Al- Sadr's folks side by side with the new Iraqi army but we are also bribing the ones we are shooting at to not fight. The new Iraqi army is also handing over their weapons to Al-Sadr anytime the US forces are not around or going out and shooting up some Sunnis.<br><br>But yes, before we invaded the Saddam Sunni minority strong armed the Shiites and Kurds into a standoff. Since we invaded and removed the Iraqi Army as the stabilizing force everyone is now free to shoot anyone they don't like. Lots of disliking go on now.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Second, I don't like the close ties of the Shia with Iran.<p><hr></blockquote><p>hmwell, i don't think there's anything particularly worrying about that - 's a bit like Ireland having close ties with Rome.<br><br>km<br><br>
<br>[color:blue] The Sunnis are our friends in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and Jordon and Egypt.</font color=blue><br><br>.... and, of course, also responsible for 9-11.<br><br>Idiotic, isn't it?<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
"Humor ist, wenn man trotzdem lacht" (Humour means laughing despite of it)
The ironic thing is WHAT is John McCain calling for now ?<br><br>A regional Conference of all the surrounding nations to broker a peace and stable IRaq...<br><br>WHO first proposed this and was shot down by Bush /Cheney and their NeoCon thugs? Hint: it was back in 2004 !<br><br><br>Yes John Kerry !!<br><br>What hypocritical azzholes the Republicans are !!<br><br>David (OFI)
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