Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Hope for the Mahdi, Mahdi Army
Unless the civil war mentioned so often by the left in the past years was not the Sunni/Shi'ite affair we all feared, this is certainly not a civil war, more like politics through alternate means. Not the end of the world, not the beginning of unraveling the surge successes. It's more like real hardball politics.
Still wish the Brits hadn't become complete shirkers in their area of operations.
Labels: Iraq politics; Moktada al-Sadr
I think that Gen. Petraeus is the most able commander of his generation. He be the most able commander for teh past several generations.
It is, however, important to put the surge in perspective. The surge was and remains a means to an end.
The end is a stable and democratic Iraq and I need not repeat my thoughts on the the likelihood of that prospect.
After three days, no sane person could predict whether the current situation is the beginning of a civil war or merely "hardball politics," particularly in consideration of the dearth of reliable information from Basra. Are the oil installations on fire? Have one or more of them been damaged? Are memebers of Iraqi security forces defecting to the Mahdi Army?
The real problem is that when one looks back over Iraq's relatively brief history as a nation, such hardball politics are the norm and not the exception.
Finally, Iraq is indeed unlike New Hampshire, will you alert the media or shall I?
Hopefully I'm wrong.