If it's not civil war in Iraq, it may be worse

Orange County Register
by staff

11/30/06

Semantics aside, nearly two dozen militias roam Baghdad, and the government is impotent As one expert put it to us Wednesday, the postponed meeting between President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki is 'like dancing on the decks of the Titanic as the ship is going down.' If Larry Diamond, a scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University who worked in Iraq as an official of the Coalition Provisional Authority, was exaggerating, it wasn't by much. ... And if the real events are uncertain and indicate instability, consider the lack of agreement regarding the words being used to describe them. The administration has termed 'terrorists' what others call 'insurgents.' Some major news outlets are calling the chaos and violence afflicting Iraq today a 'civil war,' while the president says not so...

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