The Iraqi “resistance"

The Economist article below gets something plain right: some of the killing in Iraq, such as the recent attacks against the Yazidi community (Angry Arab had a great post about them here), all too often gets ignored among the avalanche of death statistics. And there is an unfortunate and self-defeating confusion between supporting an armed resistance against the US occupation of Iraq and the apparently nihilistic killing of some groups that are engaging in simple ethnic cleansing. It's a distinction that needs to be made, stressed and repeated, and condemnation of such attacks needs to come swiftly.

The Iraqi “resistance” | When murder is just plain murder | Economist.com
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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.