...eventually, you are going to have to accept "their" demands in order to stop the killing, even if it means "giving in". You can't kill your way out of situations like this.Now, I mainly write this blog in the expectation that my friends and perhaps a few others will read it. But is it possible someone else is reading? Someone whose names rhymes with Blumsfeld?
US 'in talks with Iraq with Iraq rebels'As you might guess, I'm totally in favour of the US negotiating with these people. Are they probably murderers of both Iraqis and Americans? Sure. That's the reality of the situation, and you have to work with reality. Hell, most of the people in the Iraqi government (not to mention their US masters) probably have blood on their hands, so looking for someone pure is a waste of time. If this stops (or even slows) the pace of killing in Iraq, I'm all for it.
AT a summer villa near Balad in the hills 40 miles north of Baghdad, a group of Iraqis and their American visitors recently sat down to tea. It looked like a pleasant social encounter far removed from the stresses of war, but the heavy US military presence around the isolated property signalled that an unusual meeting was taking place.
After weeks of delicate negotiation involving a former Iraqi minister and senior tribal leaders, a small group of insurgent commanders apparently came face to face with four American officials seeking to establish a dialogue with the men they regard as their enemies.