Plan B, the Anbar Awakening, is little more than a blip on the screen, and it’s starting to come apart at the seams.
A tribal coalition formed to oppose the extremist group al-Qaeda in Iraq, a development that U.S. officials say has reduced violence in Iraq‘s troubled Anbar province, is beginning to splinter, according to an Anbar tribal leader and a U.S. military official familiar with tribal politics.
In an interview in his Baghdad office, Ali Hatem Ali Suleiman, 35, a leader of the Dulaim confederation, the largest tribal organization in Anbar, said that the Anbar Salvation Council would be dissolved because of growing internal dissatisfaction over its cooperation with U.S. soldiers and the behavior of the council’s most prominent member, Abdul Sattar Abu Risha. Suleiman called Abu Risha a “traitor” who “sells his beliefs, his religion and his people for money.”
Two things are going to happen: those who collaborate with the occupiers will eventually come to an unhappy end, and, weapons given to Sunnis will kill Shiites and US soldiers.
As the US goes about happily passing out weapons, the Sunnis must be making whatever gesture/sign they have that corresponds to our “he’s crazy” signal.