Saturday, October 06, 2007

Rival Shiite leaders bury the hatchet in peace deal

Three words you never think you'll see together. Shiite, peace and hatchet.

Two rival Shiite leaders signed an agreement Saturday to end months of rancor and fighting between the two powerful movements they command, a representative of one of the men said.

While this may seem like good news I have my doubts over exactly how much "reign" these leaders have over their fighters. While it's nice to see one human being talk to another human being and have the outcome be a declaration of peace it's the bloodthirsty footsoldiers that never seem to get the message that deters me from smiling.

Muqtada al-Sadr, the populist Shiite cleric, and Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, the head of the Supreme Islamic Council of Iraq, forged the agreement in the spirit of the current Muslim holy month of Ramadan, said SICI spokesman Haytham al-Husseini. Gestures of forgiveness and mercy are often made during Ramadan.

After Ramadan though they'll go back to beating the shit out of each other.

The deal has three main points: stopping the fighting between Iraqis, urging print and electronic media to engender a spirit of friendship and forgiveness, and establishing commissions in each of Iraq's 18 provinces to oversee the peace initiative.

Violent act breaking the peace agreement in 3,2...


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