Friday, July 21, 2006


The Civil War continues unabated. When will the US leave?
BAGHDAD, July 21 (Reuters) - Iraqi leaders have all but given up on holding the country together and, just two months after forming a national unity government, talk in private of "black days" of civil war ahead.

Signalling a dramatic abandonment of the U.S.-backed project for Iraq, there is even talk among them of pre-empting the worst bloodshed by agreeing to an east-west division of Baghdad into Shi'ite and Sunni Muslim zones, senior officials told Reuters.

Tens of thousands have already fled homes on either side.

"Iraq as a political project is finished," one senior government official said -- anonymously because the coalition under Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki remains committed in public to the U.S.-sponsored constitution that preserves Iraq's unity.
Unbelievable. With American forces basically resigned to "force protection" (that is, staying put on their bases with limited activity) there's no point to keeping them in-country anyway. All the US has managed to do - in 3 years of war - is to create a giant black hole at the center of the Muslim world.

Oh, but don't worry, I'm sure this won't have any lasting effects.

1 comment:

Adrian MacNair said...

But the question is whether an evacuation of U.S. forces would allow the insurgency to gain control of the government. There are no Iraqi security forces to control Al Qaeda at the moment. Meanwhile, Sunni and Shiites may start a civil war in the absence of the Americans. And finally, the irony of it all is that the U.S. has tried to install "democracy" upon a people that prosper more under tyrannical rule. The best solution for Iraq would be to install a moderate Islamist dictator.