Monday, August 28, 2006

USNews.com: For U.S. troops, this may be the last chance to head off a full-blown civil war. There's a plan, but will it work? USNews.com: For U.S. troops, this may be the last chance to head off a full-blown civil war. There's a plan, but will it work?

USNews.com: For U.S. troops, this may be the last chance to head off a full-blown civil war. There's a plan, but will it work? Seems a bit clueless, given the successes we saw over the last couple of weeks in beefing up our presence in Baghdad, esp. with the introduction of a Stryker brigade there. At a minimum, Strategy Page should be required reading of any MSM journalist opining about the War in Iraq, and esp. this idiotic notion as a civil war there. Back on August 4, a Strategy Page article entitled: "The Civil War Myth" pointed out:
August 4, 2006: People who should know better, including diplomats, and those just looking for an exciting headline, are talking up civil war in Iraq once more. You can't have a civil war if one side is so weak that it's unable to raise an army and put up much of a fight. In that case you have the weaker side expelled, wiped out, or forced to accept whatever terms the stronger side will grant. In this case, the Sunni Arabs of Iraq have the short end of the stick. The Sunni Arabs in Iraq never comprised more than 20 percent of the population. Emigration in the past three years, to avoid the violence, and vengeance of Shia and Kurds, has reduced that to fifteen percent. But the worst thing that's happened to the Sunni Arabs, is the creation of an effective non-Sunni Arab army and police force. The Sunnis Arabs are outnumbered and outgunned, and facing the growing threat of massacre and expulsion from Iraq.

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