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If Civil War Looms…

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doesn’t that make it our job to stay and prevent it?

Here is the article with the quote from former Prime Minister Allawi that is making the rounds of the antiwar voices today:

“We are losing each day an average of 50 to 60 people throughout the country, if not more,” he said. “If this is not civil war, then God knows what civil war is. Iraq is in the middle of a crisis. Maybe we have not reached the point of no return yet, but we are moving towards this point. We are in a terrible civil conflict now.”

It was civil war in the former Yugolsavia that prompted American intervention because the slaughter was unacceptable. It was a civil war in Rwanda in which the U.S. did not intervene that causes shame to this day. Civil war in Sudan –and continuing ethnic violence in Darfur– are among the world’s current shames.

If “civil war” is to mean anything, it must not be attached to a country in which all major parties are currently negotiating the formation of a government after three successful elections, and in which the deeply suspicious groups have agreed on a the formation of a national security council.

The insurgents are clearly hoping that America pulls out before the Iraqi army and security focrces are equipped to deal with them. How any politician in America can advocate for the chaos that would follow a premature withdrawal from Iraq is astonishing.

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