Almost every day, it
al-Iraq carries news
stories about former members of the Sahwa movement (the Sunni insurgents who were put on the American payroll but not disarmed
during the Surge of 2007-08) getting whacked:
Interior Ministry sources
reported the killing of ex-pro-government Sahwa (Awakening) member by unknown
gunmen in Abu Ghraib area, west Baghdad.
The source told Aswat al-Iraq that the gunmen stormed
into the deceased house and killed him with his family.
The family comprised of two
women and two children.
Tom again: This
pattern of killings makes me wonder if the Surge effectively surfaced and identified the
local leadership network of Sunni insurgents, and whether that knowledge is now
being used by Prime Minister Maliki and his allies in the low-grade civil war that has resumed in central Iraq.
If so, did the
Americans "let a hundred flowers bloom" -- and so create the conditions for the
harvesting of those Sunni flowers? By so doing, did we enable a quiet Iranian
offensive inside Iraq? If so, I suspect that we did not, in Maoist terms, correctly "handle the contradictions among the people."
On Saturday, the Iraqi army shelled Fallujah.
It looks like it
and Ramadi are going back into the hands of al Qaeda.
Iraqi Prime Minister Office via Getty Images