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Now the people of this mixed village of Sunni and Shia Muslims, they ignored the threat and they did turn out to vote.
We understand that last night the insurgents came back to punish the people of al-Mudhariya, but instead of metering out that punishment the villagers fought back and they killed five of the insurgents and wounded eight. They then burnt the insurgents’ car. So the people of that village have certainly had enough of the insurgents.
TONY EASTLEY: Do you think that is a one off, Mark, or is it a sign perhaps that some Iraqis are no longer sympathetic to the insurgents’ cause, or at least no longer willing to turn a blind eye?
MARK WILLACY: It would appear that people are getting sick of the insurgency. I understand, though, that this is the first report of Iraqis confronting insurgents and actually fighting back in such a way.
But certainly many people here see the insurgency as the work of foreigners who want to turn their country into some sort of Islamic state, like Afghanistan under the Taliban.
This is exactly the kind of thing that needs to start happening all over the Sunni triangle. Once the “insurgents” realize that they have to worry about getting lynched by the rank-and-file Iraqi people, they may reconsider the way they do business. Or at the very least, hopefully more of them will wind up greasy stains on the desert sand.