Excerpt Of The Day #2: An Iraqi Explains Why Al-Qaeda Is Frightened Of The New Elections In Iraq

by John Hawkins | September 19, 2005 2:00 am

“Some of my friends made fun of Zarqawi and his declaration of war (on the Shias) “So? Now he forgot all about America and Israel, blah blah blah and the Sheat became his sole enemy! I don’t think this was Al-Qaeda’s original slogan a few years ago!” said one of them and actually the observation is correct but the point is why? Why is this change in priorities and in targets?

When Al-Qaeda first came to Iraq they claimed that they were fighting to liberate this part of “Islamic land” from the “infidels” and they appointed themselves as representatives and guardians of Iraq and its people.

But now, after the Kurds and the Sheat chose their representatives, Al-Qaeda was left with only one segment to represent; that is the Sunni whom Al-Qaeda is now pretending to be defending and avenging from the atrocities of the government but this is also a big lie no doubt because Al-Qaeda had also warned the Sunni from joining the elections and the political process as a whole. Why? Because more Sunni people are expressing their will to participate in the next elections and many observers, polls and surveys expect a 80% turnout among the Sunni in the coming steps of the process; these are the October referendum and the December elections.

Such a high turnout will eventually bring legitimate representatives for the Sunni population and that’s what Al-Qeada doesn’t want to see happen because there will be no one left to defend or fight for, no pretext for their war and Al-Qaeda will be farther apart from the Sunni militant groups that once were their close allies.

This war declared by Al-Qaeda is frankly a war on elections, and the plan is to stop the elections from taking place at any cost and since confronting the American military has not brought any significant success, Zarqawi is switching to plan B, that is to provoke civil war in Iraq between the Sunni and the Sheat.” — Omar from Iraq the Model[1]

  1. Iraq the Model: http://iraqthemodel.blogspot.com/2005/09/tough-test-for-iraqis.html

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