Iraqi insurgents offer peace in return for US concessions

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by BoyBach, Feb 9, 2007.

  1. BoyBach macrumors 68040


    Feb 24, 2006
    - Independent

    (Emphasis added)

    Whilst I don't believe for one second that the Bush/Blair administrations would volte face on "negotiating with terrorists", could this be the 'baby steps' towards an acceptable end/peace process to the Iraq War?
  2. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    Doubt if it would work, can't say I trust them either, but it is a big slap in the face to the Bush admin. They know we won't accept it, we couldn't and nothing would change if we did, but it makes us look more like the bad guy when we refuse to even discuss it. Brilliant strategy, or it would be if anybody actually believed them or didn't already know how badly we've screwed things up there.
  3. leekohler macrumors G5


    Dec 22, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    I have to say this too- these people are not sincere. Yeah, it's a F*** you to Bush, but they aren't serious.
  4. scem0 macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2002
    back in NYC!
    agreed. Cease fire in Iraq? They say it as if it's easy.

  5. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

    Thomas Veil

    Feb 14, 2004
    OBJECTIVE reality
    This is merely the latest offer from the insurgents, the last one having come in December.

    Why are they making these overtures in the first place? Some say that the U.S. has tested back door diplomacy with the insurgents. Of course, it has come to nothing. The U.S. may be probing some sort of arrangement with the militants, but the militants obviously have highly unrealistic ideas of what we are likely to accept.

    And all of it is beside the point of, would Congress be likely to approve of any kind of deal? Sorta goes against our policy of not negotiating with terrorists, don'tcha know.

    Not to mention the pure hypocrisy of the administration preaching "no compromise" in public, yet looking to make negotiations in secret.
  6. scu macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2005
    To me this offer can be viewed in two ways.

    One way to look at it is that the Sunnis want to show the world that they have been willing to stop fighting for some time, but the Bush Admin. has been unreasonable. This is only done for regional propaganda. It will continue to fuel the support they need from Saudi Arabia and Syria to continue their fight.

    View two is that of a sign of weakness. One does not approach the negotiating table, unless there are forces that are getting worn out and want to stop fighting. If they truly believed that could fight indefinitely and kick the US out of Iraq, they would say so and stay on their path of death and destruction. It would further motivate the anti-war forces here to force an early withdrawal after 6 years of fighting with no end in sight.

    Public efforts like this, only confirms that in 2 to 3 years we may see a significant reduction in violence and US forces. There will always be suicide bombers and car bombs there. These people hate each other too much to put a stop to that in just a few short years. But if we can have our troops back home sooner and some peace and stability there, it would be better for everyone.

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