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July 07, 2008

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CCR?

Back in April, when rumors of the return of the main Sunni political bloc (IAF) to the Maliki government were swirling, I preached caution - as similar stories had been reappearing regulary, to no avail, since August 2007 when the IAF withdrew.

What ? The news in April was that the Sunni blocs were saying they would return to political table, rather than it being a rumour. That wasn't something that had occurred since they withdrew.

I'm curious about something.

Can anyone think of a case similar to Iraq, where there were lots and lots of feuding (with and without shots fired) local groups, and with lots of external pressures from nearby (and not so nearby) actors, and where some kind of viable, indigenous government was cobbled together?

How was it done?

I'd like to know, if anyone can think of examples.

Thanks -

What ? The news in April was that the Sunni blocs were saying they would return to political table, rather than it being a rumour. That wasn't something that had occurred since they withdrew.

The news in April was that the Sunni bloc was returning to the Maliki government. The headline in the Times read:

"Sunnis Agree to End Boycott, Rejoin Iraq Government"

The opening paragraph read:

"Iraq’s largest Sunni bloc has agreed to return to Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki’s cabinet after a boycott that lasted nearly a year, several Sunni leaders said on Thursday, citing a recently passed amnesty law and the Maliki government’s crackdown on Shiite militias as reasons for the move."

I preached caution at the time noting that the deal hadn't actually been finalized. And the deal, in fact, fell apart for the ostensible reason that Maliki refused to give the Sunni bloc the ministries they desired.

Rumors of the imminent return of the Sunni bloc had surfaced several times prior to April, and each time, the return failed to materialize.

Unless there's some other point that you're making that I'm not understanding?

cw: yup.

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