Maclean's reports on the brutal realities and strange alliances of the
desperate U.S. mission. Also in this week's issue: Is Dion's image dead?;
and "au revoir" Quebec, "bonjour" Alberta-why many are leaving la belle
province for greener pastures. For these stories and more see the issue
of Maclean's hitting newsstands today and visit www.macleans.ca.
TORONTO, Sept. 20 /CNW/ - With so few allies left in Iraq, the U.S. Army
seem to be allying themselves with their former enemies--Sunnis from Anbar
province. This "Anbar Awakening" has been a slow process, beginning long
before the recent U.S. "surge" that increased the number of American troops in
Iraq by 30,000, to 180,000.
"But it is still a shaky union," writes Maclean's contributor Patrick
Graham, "a desperate marriage of convenience based on shared enemies: Iran,
and the Sunnis' former-friend-turned-foe al-Qaeda." Many of America's new
allies are former insurgents and Saddam Hussein loyalists (Saddam was a Sunni)
who only a short while ago were routinely called terrorists, "anti-Iraqi
fighters," and "Baathist defenders." They are suspicious of one another and
strongly anti-American, although willing to work, for the moment, with the
Cold, distant Dion?
The Liberal leader is fighting against new worries that he's not up to
the job. After nearly 10 tractionless months as Liberal leader, losing three
Quebec by-elections this week has plunged Stéphane Dion into his first
leadership crisis. But who, exactly, is his real adversary? The obvious answer
might seem to be Prime Minister Stephen Harper, or the Bloc, Dion's old
"The post-by-election buzz, though," writes Maclean's Ottawa bureau chief
John Geddes, "was all about Dion's putative foes inside the Liberal party,
shadowy figures supposedly loyal to his former leadership rival, Michael
Ignatieff, conjured up by bloggers and unnamed sources." As for Dion, however,
he pointed to a very different opponent: Stéphane Dion. He's still struggling
against a caricature of himself, a cerebral, gawky politician who doesn't
really connect with people.
In an exclusive interview with Maclean's, the embattled Dion answers his
critics and explains his strategy - everything from policy, to English
lessons, to how he'll battle Stephen Harper in Quebec, to hiring an enforcer
for his office.
Au revoir Quebec
A movement is afoot in Quebec to leave la belle province for greener
pastures: Alberta. Maclean's assistant editor Martin Patriquin report on the
trend of Quebecers, in record numbers, heading out to Wild Rose country.
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