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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Iraqi Insurgents Are the New Republicans?

Recently, I likened the so-called insurgents in Iraq to the IRA and ETA. Now I read that a Sunni was found murdered, and, as described in a recent John Friedman NYT column ("Iraq at the 11th Hour"), "his face and legs had drill holes in them."

Using a power drill against victims is a tried and true IRA intimidation technique. Generally, the IRA maimed and mutilated, sans the victim's death. The Iraqi's, it would seem, lack such finesse.

It is my contention that there might be cross-fertilization of outfits occurring here. The IRA was historically allied with the PLO and the PFLP in the 1970's and 80's, so why not form an alliance with the Iraq groups? This alliance could then embarrass British interests, while furthering the implicit goals of the IRA.

This may be a stretch--and I'm not generally in the camp of the wing-nut conspiracy theorists--but an analyst is supposed to make and test these possible linkages.


Anonymous Martin K said...

Its propably not a direct-instruction situation, most of the PIRA are firmly racist. But british jihadi-supporters have internet and analytical faculty. The main intelectual military problem on "our" side seems to be that we consider the force that beat the Soviets on the ground lack coherence and adaptability. The evolution of the IED and the recent Hezballah resistance should have dispelled that notion.

The us army has started to take on the full might of the arab fighting world these last five years. Its going to be a long 15 years in Afghanistan. Several of my friends have served there, and their stories are depressing, even from the north.

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