“Bomb attacks on the rise as ‘New Baath party’ is born,” by Patrick Cockburn in Baghdad, The Independent, 3 May 2005, http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=635173 (from Democratic Underground).
Give the enemy credit where credit is due…
After earlier catastrophic defeats, anti-Iraqi forces are consentrating on an intense form of 4GWS1.
The bombings in the past week underline that the insurgents have lost none of their ability to carry out attacks, almost always without regard for civilian casualties, all over Iraq. In the three months since the elections on 30 January there was a drop in American losses which led to official optimism that the guerrilla war was on the wane.
There has been an increase in the number of assassination attempts against Iraqi senior security officers based on precise intelligence about their movements. A bomb yesterday slightly wounded Major-General Fuleih Rasheed, the commander of a police commando unit linked to the interior ministry, and two of his men in the Huriya district of northwest Baghdad. The bomb exploded as Maj-Gen Rasheed’s convoy raced past the point.
A third bomb in Baghdad in the Zayouna district killed two policemen and wounded 10 people.
Assassination and general terrorism is the first stage of fourth-generation war. It’s not necessarily a bad sign than the anti-Iraqis are still in the 1st stage: a 4G war can easily be decade long. But last April was definitely worse for us.
At the same time, the insurgents are trying to seperate their distant enemy (us) from their near enemy (the Iraqi government)
The insurgents are less interested in participation in the present government than in direct talks with the US, a timetable for the withdrawal of American forces and the right to rebuild the Baath party. In Sunni Arab towns and cities a so-called New Baath party is beginning to emerge and is said to be very well organised.
Removing American support for Iraqi’s democratic government would make the anti-Iraqi goal of killing everybody who opposes them that much easier. We must not let them win.