If you aren't reading the Iraqi blog by Mohammed and Omar called IRAQ THE MODEL, you should be. They have been updating the situation in Iraq in ways that the media can't compete with.
The latest news in concerning the Tribal chiefs in the terrorist controlled areas around Iraq. Many of these tribal chiefs are coming out and stating that they will be joining the coalition troops as well as the new Iraqi security officers in fighting against them, which is most certainly good news. The reality on the ground is that the terrorists in Iraq have miscalculated the effects of targeting innocent Iraqis, and since they are too smart to fight our troops on the field of battle (we would simply crush them), they resorted to palestinian-style shoot-and-run techniques. Hell, some of them are Palestinians anyways, so this is the only way they know how to fight. From the sounds of the Tribal chiefs, this plan is backfiring immensely. It appears that the Fallujah residents very much want to be involved with elections, and realize that unless they get actively involved in removing the terrorists from their city, they won't get a chance to have their say in the new Iraqi Government.
On a related note, Mohammed at Iraq the Model took an informal poll of Iraqis concerning their upcoming elections....
I’ve spoken to a lot of independent Iraqis who represent a majority and I asked them about their standards for the candidate they would prefer and my questions were:
1-Would you like the elections to be held on time? Most of the answers were “yes” except for few who weren’t sure of the benefit of elections but no one suggested postponing the elections.
2-Who’s the candidate you’re going to vote for? What are the standards? The answer was: an honest person with clean history regardless of his race or sect.
3-If two candidates were equal in points and one of them is a member of the SCIRI or Da’wa party and the other one is independent, whom would you chose?
The answer was: “the independent one” without any hesitation.
There is much more to glean from Mohammed and Omar, and I suggest you check out their site for more on-the-ground analysis of the situation in Iraq.....