From The Jordan Times this morning. Yes, the Jordan Times!!

“I think there is a mood in the Arab world and in the region that this new Iraqi democratic regime is here to stay,” Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told reporters during a conference in Kuwait aimed at reintegrating Iraq with its neighbours.

“Secondly, they are realising that the fear of Iraq being dragged into a civil war is over, of Iraq being dragged into a sectarian war is over, Iraq being deliberately divided is over,” Zebari said.

“All these are very encouraging signs,” he said. “We need to be patient.” Zebari made his remarks while meeting with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who urged Arab states to seize a “moment of opportunity” presented by Prime Minister Nouri Maliki’s crackdown on the militia of firebrand Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr.

Iraq is seeing it.

Iraq said on Tuesday its Sunni Arab neighbours are starting to accept the Shiite-led government in Baghdad, as they praised its crackdown on militias after the United States lobbied for their support.

Yes, folks, that’s that crackdown that in the newspapers the Iraqi government “lost”.

History occurs between the lines.

Amir Taheri shares his most recent take on Iraq. Well worth a read.

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