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Old 05-10-2005, 05:05 PM   #1
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An interesting situation

"Iraqi Arab Sunnis head towards Army enlisting posts in spite of explosions"

After the Iraqi government confirmed the appointment of a Sunni in the position of defense minister. Iraqi Arab Sunnis started heading for the army enlisting centers to join the new Iraqi Army. This was evident by the long lines and large crowds of young men outside these centers in the largely Sunni area of Baghdad. This is the main reason for the increase in the terrorist activities in and around these centers.

The high unemployment amongst the Sunnis is due to non-participation in the electoral and governmental process. This is due to their religious leaders forbidding them from joining the government and the security forces in the past. This situation has now changed. We witnessed thousands of Iraqi Arab Sunnis coming from different provinces to military enlisting station in Baghdad.

Ahmend Mahmud, age 30, from Aathamiah came to the enlisting office to join the new Iraqi military. "I came because I desire to join in protecting the peace and my country," he said. Adnan Hussein from Meqdadieh who was in the old Army said; "Since the fall of the old regime I had no employment to feed my kids, thus I decided to join the new military, which pays a decent wage, and I heard a number of (Sunni) religious leaders call for us to join the new army". Luaai Ahmed from Aathamiah said, "I voluntarily enlisted in the new military because I wanted to and upon advise from my relatives".

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sounds like they're doing a better job recruiting in iraq than we are in the states

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Old 05-10-2005, 07:19 PM   #3
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Which is a good situation, because it is not American troops who defeat insurgencies it is indigenous forces, it worked in Vietnam and it will work even better in Iraq.
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Old 05-11-2005, 03:32 PM   #4
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I'm still dismayed that Iraqis still listen to religious leaders over their government. Who has the real power in this "democracy"?

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good to hear!

melon...the whole point of a democracy is that people don't have to agree with everything the government says and can choose to listen to religious leaders, as long as it doesn't involve blowing things up, etc. It is kinda worrying that people seem to be so incredibly loyal to these loyal. At the moment that's a good thing if they're telling their followers to cooperate, but I agree that I'm kinda worried about what would happen if they said, Everyone strap explosives to yourself and kill as many people as possible!!!

I don't know if that made any rate I'm glad Sunni leaders have encouraged Sunnis to cooperate and that most of them seem to be doing so.
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They may not agree with their religious leaders on everything, but they want to help their country, perhaps. There have been reports that the quality of life for many Iraqis is still pretty bad. It may also be a stable pay check as well.

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