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Iraq Fighting Could Imperil Region, Warn Analysts

Posted on Nov 16, 2006

From the WashPo: “The real worry ahead is that the conflict will destroy the flimsy Iraqi state and draw in surrounding countries.”

  • Indeed.

  • Washington Post:

    BAGHDAD—While American commanders have suggested that civil war is possible in Iraq, many leaders, experts and ordinary people in Baghdad and around the Middle East say it is already underway, and that the real worry ahead is that the conflict will destroy the flimsy Iraqi state and draw in surrounding countries.

    Whether the U.S. military departs Iraq sooner or later, the United States will be hard-pressed to leave behind a country that does not threaten U.S. interests and regional peace, according to U.S. and Arab analysts and political observers.

    “We’re not talking about just a full-scale civil war. This would be a failed-state situation with fighting among various groups,” growing into regional conflict, Joost Hiltermann, Middle East project director for the International Crisis Group, said by telephone from Amman, Jordan.

    “The war will be over Iraq, over its dead body,” Hiltermann said.

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    By Peril, Schmeril, November 17, 2006 at 8:09 am Link to this comment
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    Oh, gee whiz. The Iraq mess imperils “the region” (read “Israel”).

    Well, I guess the Israel lobby should have thought of that possibility before deciding to help lie us into this stupid war.

    And now they’re screaming, “You only did half the job! You destroyed Iraq for us—but now, unless you also destroy Iran and Syria, we’re less secure than ever!!!”

    But we can’t even handle Iraq, much less take on new wars.

    Tough break, Israel. Sux to be you, we guess. You’ll just have to suffer this self-inflicted “peril” and learn a good hard lesson, if it doesn’t kill you.

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