Strange bedfellows

The Washington Post reports that in Iraq, alliances are being forged across sectarian lines. Prime Minister Maliki, a Shiite, has allied himself with Saleh al-Mutlak, a secular Sunni politician and strong opponent of the U.S. presence. The basis of the coalition, apart presumably from opportunism, is said to be nationalism and belief in a strong central government.

In defiance (once again) of the conventional wisdom, the Iraqis seem to have gotten the hang of creative coalition building. The Israelis should do it as well.

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