Sunday, April 04, 2004

THE MILITIA THING: It's likely I will be wrong in retrospect, but isn't this the start of a civil war in Iraq? Many speculated a sectarian war; Shia vs. Sunni. This may end up being nationalistic. But than again, we don't know how widespread this uprising--if we can call it that--really is. There are undoubtedly many obstacles. The biggest one may not be Grand Ayatollah Sistani or al-Zarqawi or Fallujah, but gun-toting militias. They provide the means for civil war, whether sectarian or ethnic. Disarm the militias before we start comparing Ismail Khan's army to that of Muqtada al-Sadr.


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