Friday, June 01, 2007

More Progress In Iraq, Part 2

Here's another interview at Pundit Review Radio, this time with Michael Yon. It's certainly worth a listen as he explains what he sees happening in Iraq right now (including a strangely quiet Anbar province).

A term that I'm seeing more of in reference to Iraq is "the Awakening." It refers to the anti-al Qaeda trend beginning in the provinces surrounding Badgdad (Anbar, Salahadin, Diyala, and Babil). In recent months, Iraqi tribes are beginning to reject the foreign Islamic radicals in their midst. There's even talk of a cease-fire between some insurgent groups and the Coalition/Iraqi government because the foreign terrorists are a bigger problem to the average Iraqi. This could really be the turning point in the Iraqi Theater of War if America is willing to wait it out and see.

It's also noteworthy that Sunni tribes may be rejecting al Qaeda. That's a big deal in the overall War on Terror and ought to be a big deal to those who've ballyhooed the "Arab Street" for years. If the "Arab Street" kicks Islamic radicalism to the curb, this world will be a better place.

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