Saddam Hussein loyalists who violently opposed January elections have made an about-face as Thursday's polls near, urging fellow Sunni Arabs to vote and warning al Qaeda militants not to attack.Anybody see any mention of this in the NYT/WaPo/LAT/Time/Newsweak cabal?
In a move unthinkable in the bloody run-up to the last election, guerrillas in the western insurgent heartland of Anbar province say they are even prepared to protect voting stations from fighters loyal to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leader of al Qaeda in Iraq.
UPDATE: You might also want to wander over here to read about Dr. No becomes Dr. Yes.
This from al-Reuters, however, is a hoot:
But Saddam loyalists have turned against Zarqawi, a Jordanian militant whose fighters travel to Iraq from across the Arab world to blow themselves up in a bid to spark sectarian civil war.al-Reuters goes on to the understatement-of-the-decade:
"Zarqawi is an American, Israeli and Iranian agent who is trying to keep our country unstable so that the Sunnis will keep facing occupation," said a Baathist insurgent leader who would give his name only as Abu Abdullah.
The shift is encouraging for Washington, which hopes to draw Sunni Arabs into peaceful politics in order to defuse the insurgency."Encouraging"? I'd speculate that today in the White House it's
PAR-DEEE! In Spanish we'd declare, PACHANGA!
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