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Iraq: order amidst chaos? « Previous | |Next »
February 26, 2006

Time flies, doesn't it? The 3-year anniversary of the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq is approaching. Isn't it about time to demand a timetable for the US withdrawal from Iraq? The longer the US stays the greater the conflict, the more the carnage mounts and the more likely Iraq will be in flames.

Matt Golding

There is order amidst the chaos in Iraq. The Shiite religious parties probably have the cohesion to form a relatively stable government. But chaos is dominant. The attack on Wednesday that destroyed the soaring gold dome of one of Shiite Islam's holiest shrines signifies that. It is being interpreted by most Shiites as a direct attack on their faith.

Will this be a seminal moment in Iraq's low-intensity civil war? The response was Shiite reprisal attacks by militiamen on Sunni mosques and civilians. The dynamics of religious war between Shia and Sunni communities are in place.

The prospect of forming a government of national unity, that can guard Iraq's borders and apply the rule of law, is a vital cog in the mechanism of the Americans' declared exit strategy. That prospect grows ever dimmer.

Osama Bin Laden's strategy is working:

We want to bring the Americans to fight us on Muslim land. If we can fight them on our own territory we will beat them, because the battle will be on our terms in a land they neither know nor understand.”

The Americans are fighting on Muslim land in a long war of attrition, and they are not doing very well.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 2:42 PM | | Comments (3)


The withdrawal of American Forces should have started the moment they captured Saddam Hussein.I mean there were no weapons of mass destruction there so I can only assume the invasion was for some other reason.It couldn't have been for the oil,because President Bush has told his adoring public they have to break out of their addiction to oil,and rely on their own resourses.A few years to late but none the less a positive move.Possibly to bring peace and prosperity to the Middle East,well I presume Iran from the vielled threats is going to be included in this tour of democracy and good works duty.To be serious what I would like to see,but I know it wont happen.Bush/Blair et al should be arrested and taken to the Hague.The pentagon with out any influence from the Bush administration should then directly approach the current Iraq government such as it is,and negotiate a peacful withdrawal of its forces.With the added promise,that maps of the world held in the U.S. will have the Middle East geographic locations blanked out of them inscribed, mostly un-explored territory.With the added promise that American school children will be taught that the Middle East was a mythical place once visited by King Arthur. (Wake up Phil wake up Phil-Sorry Gary that was my wife I have to go to work)

External agents will probably happily fund a civil war between Shia and Sunni Iraqis. Iran and Saudi Arabia being the two most obvious. Neither have developed past monoculture.

the link didn't work. Sorry. The article argues that Iraq has become a breeding ground for the most ruthless and militant Al-Qaeda fighters and these are behind the relentless violence directed at a wide range of targets in Iraq.

This strategy is clearly designed to shock and terrorise their enemies.