Civil War Or Not?
Former Iraq PM Ayad Allawi: “”It is unfortunate that we are in civil war. We are losing each day as an average 50 to 60 people throughout the country, if not more. If this is not civil war, then God knows what civil war is.”
VP Dick Cheney: “I think the assessment that we get from Gen. George Casey, who’s our man commanding in Iraq, from Zal Khalilzad, the ambassador, from John Abizaid, who is the general in charge of Central Command, doesn’t square with that.”
Republican Senator Chuck Hagel: “I think the former Prime Minister is correct. I think we’ve had a low grade civil war going on in Iraq for the last six months maybe the last year-our own generals have told me that privately George, so that’s a fact.”
I think that last point by Hagel is an important one. Iraq has been heading this way because of decades of resentment, yes, but also the many disagreements between the three about how to run the country. In fact, Rumsfeld was trying to dispel civil war rumors last August.
So do you think it’s turning into a civil war? Or is this just a media invention?