Iraqi Gov’t Offers Amnesty
Gee whiz…surprise, surprise.
The Iraqi government will announce a 28-point plan for peace that includes – among other things – amnesty for insurgents .
From the Times Online:
THE Iraqi Government will announce a sweeping peace plan as early as Sunday in a last-ditch effort to end the Sunni insurgency that has taken the country to the brink of civil war.
The 28-point package for national reconciliation will offer Iraqi resistance groups inclusion in the political process and an amnesty for their prisoners if they renounce violence and lay down their arms, The Times can reveal.
The Government will promise a finite, UN-approved timeline for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Iraq; a halt to US operations against insurgent strongholds; an end to human rights violations, including those by coalition troops; and compensation for victims of attacks by terrorists or Iraqi and coalition forces.
Not to anyone's surprise, the US Ambassador to Iraq is right in the midst of the secret talks that created this proposal.
The deal, which has been seen by The Times, aims to divide Iraqi insurgents from foreign fighters linked to al-Qaeda. It builds on months of secret talks involving Jalal al-Talabani, the Iraqi President, Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Ambassador, and seven Sunni insurgent groups. [my emphasis]
I'm not the least bit surprised that this is the plan, and – despite earlier protests by the Rubber-Stamp Republicans – I have no doubt it will go through. It will be praised high and low, and everyone will pretend this is somehow a victory.
It's nothing more than a Nixonian 'Peace with Honor' that will allow the US to get its troops out while pretending the administration has done something good and noble and honorable. It's cutting and running Republican-style – ignoring the reality on the ground by waving a big flag and singing the Star Spangled Banner.
The truth is, regardless of how Iraq prospers in the future, the legacy of the Bush administration will be the bungling and general stupidity that created an Iranian-style Islamic theocracy. Any so-called "freedom" we may have brought to Iraq came at the expense of our Constitution and the freedoms guaranteed therein. It came at a cost of 2500+ American lives in an unjust war of aggression that destroyed America's reputation for honor and respect for the law.
Whether this peace plan ends the war and the American occupation or not, the question remains:
Was it worth it?
I believed the answer was no during the run-up, and I still believe that. Not one bit of it was or is worth the cost in American blood.
Still, our troops will come home, and we just might be able to get out of this quagmire without a cloud of helicopters ferrying Americans off rooftops in a "Frequent Wind" redux.
Maybe that's enough?
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