"Jonst re: "I have not, and do not, understand the, apparent, strategic contradictions present in the ‘Anbar model’. It has to, so it seems to me, weaken the Shia position. What benefit they get from seeing their new tormentors hunted and killed by their old tormentors, has to be diminished, (wiped out?)by seeing the occupying forces aligning with said old tormentor. This, in turn, will push the Shia closer to Iran. I believe Pat has addressed this with this proposition. ONLY when the Sunni’s are strong enough in all regards that a Shia dominated government accepts it MUST somehow accord the Sunni minority legitimate political, legal, social, security and economic space if the Shia are to secure any of their own, will the Sunni’s "have someone to negotiate with", to mangle a metaphorical Israeli roadblock. Its an age old equation. The minority too weak to rule or secede yet too numerous, powerful or handy to exterminate, defeat or suppress must be accommodated.
That expresses my point very well. Much of my writing here is intended to challenge the intellect and to stimulate thought. I try not to be so specific as to impede that process. As Brian said, "You have to think for yourselves." pl