Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Is Iraq Heading for Civil War?

Here is some genuinely frightening news. Sunni retaliation for the bombing of a sacred Shia shrine in Iraq has begun. And there's more. The violence appears to be spreading rapidly.
From Juan Cole's blog:
The hardline Shiite Mahdi Army has come out of Sadr City and is all over Baghdad. They are clashing with Sunnis in Basra. Sunni leader Tariq al- Hashimi threatened reprisals for reprisal killings. Abdul Aziz al-Hakim blamed the US for holding back the Badr Corps. Grand Ayatollah Sistani called for nonviolent street protests that he must know won't be nonviolent. Iran is blaming Bush and the Israelis, which is ridiculous but already widely believed in Iraq and Iran. The threat of terrorism and attacks on Americans just went way up.
And we've got Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld managing things back here in the States.
We are so screwed.

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