posted on Nov, 19 2004 @ 05:01 PM
THE ROVING EYE
The Sunni-Shi'ite power play
By Pepe Escobar
Iraqis are not fighting one another - at least not yet: they are fighting the occupying power, although with different strategies. After Fallujah,
this situation is about to change.
For the average Iraqi, Sunni or Shi'ite - and Americans underestimate Iraqi national pride at their peril - there's no question: the current Sunni
resistance morally prevails, because they are Iraqis fighting an invader/occupier. This means the US occupation in essence lost even before it began.
Defining the resistance as "anti- Iraqi forces" - as the Pentagon does - is nonsense: they are a legitimate popular resistance movement, while the
US-trained Iraqi police are largely identified for what they are - collaborationists doing the dirty work of Iraqification, the Mesopotamian version
of failed Vietnamization. Hundreds of these US-trained forces ran away before the battle even started in Fallujah. No wonder: they were resistance
moles. And most of Mosul's police also defected.
The resistance is now spread out all over the Sunni heartland - contradicting US marine talk that the assault on Fallujah "broke the back of the
Has the Bush administration at any point released how they fathom the future of Iraq ?