Throughout 2005, I said in writing, on the radio and television that Iraq is in a state of Civil War. It had been in that state for decades. IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢d point to all the kindling heaped around the country and point to the smoke on the horizon, but most people politely dismissed the warnings. Now the fire is bigger. Listen. Listen! Iraq is in a state of Civil War. Much bigger than it was a year ago, and next year it will be bigger still, if we do not recognize that there is a FIRE!
There is no reason why Iraq and its proud people cannot make it. There is nothing written in any holy scripture ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ so far as I know ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ that says Iraq cannot make it. Iraq can, but will it? Not if we donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t stop quibbling over definitions and just come to grips that the fire is growing. This is not a fire we can afford to leave to natural forces. Not in that tinderbox we call the Middle East.