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April 14, 2014

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Jewish World Review June 14, 2006 / 18 Sivan, 5766

One death could bring a stable Iraq, even as opportunity and room to shape War's outcome is diminishing

By Robert Robb

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | After being justifiably criticized for excessively rosy assessments of developments in Iraq, the Bush administration underplayed the significance of the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Things will still be tough in Iraq, everyone was careful to say. The insurgency will continue.

And that's undoubtedly true. Nevertheless, there is reason to believe that Zarqawi's death will be a milestone in bringing a degree of stability to Iraq, and mark the beginning of the end of the U.S. involvement there regardless of whether it actually does.

The argument for Zarqawi's death having a minimal effect is the nature of the insurgency. Foreign terrorists, whom Zarqawi led, are a fraction of it. Most estimates put the active insurgency forces at about 20,000. Foreign terrorists are thought to be, at most, about a tenth of that number. The bulk consists of Iraqi Sunnis with various motivations.

Nevertheless, the foreign terrorists are thought to be primarily responsible for the more heinous acts of terror, including the suicide bombings. And Zarqawi was a particularly toxic force in the Iraqi situation.

Zarqawi felt that the majority Shia were a more important enemy in Iraq than the United States. In a letter to al-Qaida's leadership before pledging loyalty to it in 2004, he wrote: "The danger from the Shia is greater and their damage is worse and more destructive to the Islamic nation than the Americans."

Attacking the Shia, not Americans, was his primary strategy. He is thought to be responsible for the bombing of the Shiite mosque that triggered the escalation of sectarian violence and reprisals in Iraq.

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Al-Qaida's leadership appears to have disagreed with this strategy. A letter intercepted last fall from the terror outfit's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, certainly indicated as much.

Zarqawi's brutality and attacks on Shiite civilians and worshipers were costing the insurgency the popular support needed to establish an Islamic caliphate in Iraq, Zawahiri worried.

While the insurgency will continue, the removal of the most dedicated, brutal and cruel agent and promoter of civilian sectarian violence and conflict will make a difference. It improves the chances, perhaps dramatically, of stability coming to Iraq.

The key to true stability in Iraq is acceptance by the Sunnis of a minority role and status in a Shia-majority led Iraq.

In the final analysis, that is the best outcome the Sunnis can hope for.

Without Saddam's monopoly on force, a Sunni restoration is not going to happen. The real options for the Sunnis are an independent status without oil revenues, or a minority status (albeit with substantial autonomy) with some share of oil revenues.

The United States, however, is running out of room and opportunity to shape the outcome in Iraq. Unfortunately, President Bush is among those unwilling to see or acknowledge this.

The U.S. military is clearly ready for a reduced role in Iraq. American troops are increasingly taking a backup role in security operations and commanders consistently talk about the possibility of reducing the number of troops in Iraq before the end of the year.

At his Iraq war strategy retreat, however, Bush convened a panel of outside experts who advocate an increased direct role for U.S. forces in Iraqi security operations. He then flew to Iraq to tell the new prime minister that the United States' keeps it word, clearly an indication of a willingness to keep U.S. forces engaged, as the president often puts it, for as long as it takes.

That's not necessarily the reassurance that is most important in Iraq. There is a concern among Iraqis that the United States will pull out before security is assured. There is also, however, a concern that the United States will never leave.

According to a poll in January, 80 percent of the Iraqi people believe that the United States wants a permanent military presence in Iraq. Only 23 percent, and just 5 percent of Sunnis, believe that the United States would leave Iraq even if asked to do so by the Iraqi government.

U.S. domestic politics will probably settle the issue. There is simply no patience for the unlimited commitment Bush wants to make to the Iraqi enterprise. The death of Zarqawi will increase the desire by the American people to see the beginning of the end.

The bet here is that the combination of domestic politics in the United States and in Iraq, and the military's clear preference, will result in an announcement of U.S. troop reductions before the November American election.

And if it doesn't, that the American people will choose a Congress that will force that decision on Bush.

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