Over the weekend, mainstream media were cheering on a claimed reversal by Iraq's Sunni clerics on Iraqi's participation in the police and army:
Sunni clerics OK participation in Iraq's police, armed forcesHowever, within hours of that news, came a denial by the Association of Muslim Scholars:
April 2, 2005
Prominent Sunni clerics who had condemned the new Iraqi government opened the door yesterday to participation of their followers in the army and police. Sixty-four Sunni clerics, including those at two of the country's most influential mosques, signed the edict declaring, "The security of the people and the country is a duty."
They set conditions, however, including an order "not to support occupation forces at the expense of Iraqis." [source]
Iraqi Sunni clerics deny decree on policePredictably, despite an age of instant communication, here it is: April 4th --and that denial is still unsuccessfully playing catch-up with the original fake story.
April 2, 2005
Iraq's Association of Muslim Scholars denied Saturday issuing a religious decree allowing Iraqis to join of the Iraqi police forces and army.
The country's only Sunni religious authority said in a statement that reports of 64 clerics issuing a fatwa, or edict, allowing or urging Iraqis to join national security and military forces to protect Iraqis and their property were not linked to the association. [source]
Right now, best guess is that following the election of a tame Sunni as speaker of the Iraqi parliament, some smart PsyOp boys got another tame cleric to make a statement --and are spinning this like crazy for international propaganda consumption: "See, Iraq IS moving ahead!"
There are lies, damm lies and... the Military-Media Complex.