Monday, January 10, 2005
The Iraq's Association of Muslim Scholars, the most influential Sunni organization in the country, clearly sees the withdrawal of American troops as its first priority. Not only have they offered to call off their election boycott in exchange for a withdrawal timetable, but they have offered to accept a Shi'ite-dominated government if it achieves withdrawal. The Americans rejected the offer, but ending the occupation has been the salient campaign pledge for the Sistani-organized United Iraqi Alliance. The "kick the Americans out" option is probably the last, best hope for Iraq's immediate future, ironic considering our presence is what made that future possible in the first place.