Friday, December 30, 2005

Civil War in Iraq

In spite of the optimism that seems to be still floating around in much of the print and TV media, Iraq is on an unstoppable slide toward civil war. The historical realities of Iraq and the results of our "Democracy building efforts" have made civil war inevitable.

Iraq: Game Over
Robert Dreyfuss
December 22, 2005

The last hope for peace in Iraq was stomped to death this week. The victory of the Shiite religious coalition in the December 15 election hands power for the next four years to a fanatical band of fundamentalist Shiite parties backed by Iran, above all to the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI). Quietly backed by His Malevolence, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, sustained by a 20,000-strong paramilitary force called the Badr Brigade, and with both overt and covert support from Iran's intelligence service and its Revolutionary Guard corps, SCIRI will create a theocratic bastion state in its southern Iraqi fiefdom and use its power in Baghdad to rule what's left of the Iraqi state by force.
The consequences of SCIRI's victory are manifold. But there is no silver lining, no chance for peace talks among Iraq's factions, no chance for international mediation. There is no centrist force that can bridge the factional or sectarian divides. Next stop: civil war. Read entire article here



Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

While it's true that the execution of this war has been disastrous, I still believe that the political outcome in Iraq is going exactly as planned. The outcome will not be good for the Iraqi people or for America, but it sure will be lucrative for the uberwealthy supporters of the Bush administration and the neo-con agenda.

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