Bloggers had said the recent mosque bombing was the start of a civil war. Now the American ambassador concurs:
The American ambassador to Iraq said Friday that sectarian violence this week had endangered the future of Iraq, and that Iraqi leaders would have to come together and compromise if they wanted to save their homeland.While the debate over whether to stay in or pull out goes on, like a couple of kids in the back seat of a '57 Chevy, the bigger questions remains: (1) Just how the hell did we get here? (2) Why'd we allow ourselves to be tempted to rumble in the back seat? (3) Are the consequences worth it?
The ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, made his remarks as sectarian fury in the streets appeared to ebb after two days of reprisals over the bombing of a major Shiite mosque. The violence prompted the most powerful Sunni Arab political group to suspend talks with Shiite and Kurdish politicians on forming a new government. "What we've seen in the past two days, the attack has had a major impact here, getting everyone's attention that Iraq is in danger," Mr. Khalilzad said in a conference call with reporters.
The country's leaders, he added, "must come together, they must compromise with each other to bring the people of Iraq together and save this country."
Mr. Khalilzad's comments are the most explicit acknowledgment so far by an American official of the instability of the situation, and the fragility of the entire American enterprise here. The killings and assaults across Iraq that began Wednesday have amounted to the worst sectarian violence since the American invasion.