Baghdad — TODAY I READ a newspaper article that filled me with rage and contempt. It was about the "reconciliation" that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki plans to offer the Sunni armed factions here. Maliki is reportedly considering granting a limited amnesty to Iraqi insurgents who have killed "only" Americans but no Iraqis.
To a soldier who has been deployed to this country twice already, and has been out on the street fighting insurgents, this is, plainly stated, an outrage. I take personal offense to Maliki's proposition to grant any kind of amnesty, limited or unlimited, to any insurgent who has been involved in terrorism against the United States. It seems to me as though Maliki has slapped all the families of wounded or dead soldiers in the face.
Iraqi officials appear not to have a care in the world for justice or for the memories of the 1,979 soldiers who have been killed in action in Iraq. Think of how many parents have had to bury their sons and daughters.
It is understood that the Iraqi government, currently with Maliki at the helm, wants to end the insurgency. We all want to end the insurgency because everybody wants U.S. forces to leave Iraq. But what is this reconciliation? What is there to reconcile? The Sunnis are upset because the primary base of power lies with the Shiites. OK. But whose fault is that? The Sunnis have nobody but themselves to blame because when it came election time, they didn't want to participate. So naturally the Shiites assumed power because they were, for the most part, the only ones who supplied candidates. Now the Sunnis decide that because the violence didn't work, they're going to play nice. The Sunnis made their bed, and now they have to lie in it.