Good news from Tikrit

Sunni group in Tikrit acts to end attacks

Tikrit, Saddam’s hometown, has been the center of opposition to US and Allied forces in Iraq. The people there remained mostly loyal to the deposed dictator long after his regime was destroyed. They helped hide him from our forces for months.

But now, maybe, things are looking up in the area.

Influential spiritual leaders from Saddam Hussein’s hometown — a bastion of anti-American sentiment — are joining forces to persuade Iraqis to abandon the violent insurgency, one of the leaders said Monday.
The effort marks a new, open willingness to cooperate with U.S. forces — a shift in the thinking of at least some key members of Iraq’s Sunni Muslim minority, which lost political dominance with the fall of Saddam and has largely formed the most outspoken and violent opposition to the U.S.-led occupation.

This is very good news. It signals a shift in the mood surrounding the area, probably spurred in part by their leader’s capture a few weeks ago.

Couple this with the Tikrit resident who led US troops to a cache of 580 rockets and you might get the idea that we’re making progress here.

With the U.S.-led occupation trying to install democratic government, the Shiite Muslim majority — long oppressed under Saddam — is positioning itself to hold sway in Iraq. Sunnis apparently are realizing they must cooperate with the occupation if they are to have a role in the country’s future leadership.

Absolutely. This is a step in the right direction for the Sunnis, and it demonstrates that, while we obviously rule Iraq by virtue of our military might, we are also working hard to help rebuild the nation.