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Friday, March 17, 2006

Civil War or Not (2)

Michael Signer at provides some decent analysis of whether there's a civil war in Iraq or not. He follows a recent article by Nir Rosen.

According to Signer:

The essential dynamic is an embattled minority with an extaordinary amount of esprit d'corps taking on the majority, and drawing on a history of aggrievement as fuel for the fight. Anything that reinforces the Sunnis' resentment of the majority Shiites -- or even allows that resentment to exist -- increases the conflict, and draws in surrounding parties.

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