Fed up with being part of a group that cuts off a person’s face with piano wire to teach others a lesson, dozens of low-level members of Al Qaeda in Iraq are daring to become informants for the U.S. military in a hostile Baghdad neighbourhood.
Well, you can only put up with this stuff for so long. Eventually, it’ll be people you know and love.
“They are turning. We are talking to people who we believe have worked for Al Qaeda in Iraq and want to reconcile and have peace,” said Colonel Ricky Gibbs, commander of the 4th Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, which oversees the area.
Peace is good.
A key factor is that local people and members of Al Qaeda itself have become sickened by the violence and are starting to rebel, Lieutenant-Colonel Michael said. “The people have got to deny them sanctuary and that is exactly what is happening.” About friggin’ time! I believe I made a post on Loaded Mouth about this. It had to do with the idea that the reason the people of Iraq fought so much was that they didn’t ‘suffer’ enough of the war and didn’t lose the will to fight. Yes, overly simplistic and a very tunnel visioned look at it but there is truth to it.
And yes, there are many, many other reasons. But the thing is, if you’re tired of seeing death and destruction, you tend to quit fighting. Defending is another story. War is hell, as it should be. Look at Germany and Japan, when they had enough- they quit. To try to inflict the minimal amount of damage to an enemy just to get them past the tipping point of surrender may not be enough. Should we turn every country into a parking lot? No. But defeating them to a point where they’ve lost their will to fight is important.