Reconciliation for Insurgents 

Reconciliation for Insurgents

Factions in Iraq agree:

The final communique, hammered out at the end of three days of negotiations at a preparatory reconciliation conference under the auspices of the Arab League, condemned terrorism but was a clear acknowledgment of the Sunni position that insurgents should not be labeled as terrorists if their operations do not target innocent civilians or institutions designed to provide for the welfare of Iraqi citizens.

There has been some criticism of the view that people who shoot (only) at U.S. troops are not terrorists. This actually makes quite a lot of sense. If Iraq is to have anything like a Truth and Reconciliation process, modelled on South Africa, it will have to distinguish the worst offenders from others.

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