Sunday, July 06, 2008

 

Iraqis lead final purge of Al-Qaeda

The good news out of the M.E. is coming fast and furious. The last urban stronghold in Iraq of Al Qaeda is in Mosul and the U.S. and Iraqi armies are putting the squeeze on them.

American and Iraqi forces are driving Al-Qaeda in Iraq out of its last redoubt in the north of the country in the culmination of one of the most spectacular victories of the war on terror.

After being forced from its strongholds in the west and centre of Iraq in the past two years, Al-Qaeda’s dwindling band of fighters has made a defiant “last stand” in the northern city of Mosul.


Last stand should read final resting place. Is the MSM reporting this? I don't know, I don't read newspapers or watch the evening news.

Major-General Mark Hertling, American commander in the north, said: “I think we’re at the irreversible point.”

Great news! Now we can think about troop reductions but not for domestic political reasons. Because we have achieved victory over our enemies. Of course, Al Qaeda will not give up and that is why the U.S. will always have some troops in Iraq. They will be a deterrent force which is a nice segue to the next bit of good news.

According to the official, who has been engaged in low-key "second track" discussions with Syrian representatives for many months, Syria's President Bashar Assad is increasingly open to a deal which would greatly weaken Iranian influence in the region.

Alon Liel, a former director of Israel's foreign ministry, said the prospect of a peace agreement with Syria was growing, though it might require a new American president before a deal could be agreed. Syria's support for radical groups including Palestinian Hamas and Lebanese Hizbollah, both also backed by Iran, has played a large part in fomenting trouble in the Middle East.

For any peace agreement to be struck between Israel and Syria, it would first be necessary to agree on the future of the Golan Heights - the lofty piece of territory claimed by Syria but occupied by Israel, which supplies much of that country's drinking water.


It seems that Bashar Assad has seen the writing on the wall. Being an Iranian proxy state is not much of a future considering the Iranians seem bent on going to war with the U.S. and the rest of the region. If Boy Assad is willing to make peace with Israel there must be a good reason to abandon the low level proxy war that Syria has been waging. The only thing that has change is that Al Qaeda in Iraq has been crushed and because of that Syria is even more isolated. IOW, Assad wants to save his own neck.

Our military victory in Iraq and the decision by Syria to enter negotiations is more proof that diplomacy and military strength are intertwined. Talking for the sake of talking is worse than useless when it gives your enemies a chance to prepare to attack you. A lesson our progressive friends need to learn.

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