Interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said negotiators on Tuesday hammered out the basis for an agreement to end fighting with followers of radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
U.S. forces have been daily attacking the vast Baghdad slum of Sadr City to knock out the cleric’s militia and pressure him to lay down his arms in favor of negotiations.
Yah, you think there’s some kind of relationship between those two facts? Rather than just being violence for the sake of violence or an over-reaction, the small but targeted strikes going on put time on Allawi’s side. If negotiations bog down, he gets to say “Well, let’s try again tomorrow, with those of you left alive after tonight’s bombing”. I expect that’s doing wonders for motivating the other side.