Friday, May 18, 2007

Iraq on the verge of collapse


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Well, it's been a long time coming, and, frankly, I'm not surprised.

From John Ward Anderson in the Washington Post, we learn,
a new study warned that the country was close to becoming a "failed state."

The U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Ryan C. Crocker, said the country had tread close to "the edge of the abyss" but now was making progress on political reforms needed to help mend sectarian and ethnic rifts that have pushed the country to the brink of civil war....

Contrary to Crocker's assessment, some critics say that political progress has been too slow, while military counterinsurgency strategies have achieved mixed results....

A report released Thursday by Chatham House, a foreign policy research center in Britain, challenged the notion that violence in Iraq has subsided since the buildup of U.S. troops, saying, for instance, that car bombings had not diminished and arguing that radical groups were simply lying low.

"It can be argued that Iraq is on the verge of being a failed state which faces the distinct possibility of collapse and fragmentation," the report said.
I'm thinking that quagmire and morass might be apt descriptors.

Perhaps I'm just pessimistic...

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