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August 5, 2006

The commander of American forces in the Middle East bluntly warned a Senate committee on Thursday that sectarian violence in Iraq, especially in the capital, Baghdad, had grown so severe that the nation could slide toward civil war. Asked by Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, whether Iraq risked falling into civil war, General Abizaid replied:

“I believe that the sectarian violence is probably as bad as I’ve seen it, in Baghdad in particular, and that if not stopped, it is possible that Iraq could move towards civil war.”

So they are finally beginning to acknowledge what is going on in Iraq---Iraq is a basket case. However, more needs to be acknowledged doesn't it. The invasion of Iraq has failed to create a stable state, let alone a democratic one. Instead, it has produced chaos and civil war, strengthened Iran, and endangered Israel. In turn, Israel's war in Lebanon has failed in its goal of significantly weakening Hezbollah, whilst the Sunni now support Shi'ite Hezbollah.

Despite these failures Washington is not rethinking its strategy. It has yet to understand the horror of injustice no matter who is the victim.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 4:04 PM | | Comments (0)