[From reading this article one would have to conclude that the U.S. is currently riding the back of a tiger in Iraq. Or to change metaphors, if and when we reduce our huge military and financial outlays in Iraq, such may light the fuse of a bomb ready to explode into civil war — or a host of them all at once. Saddam Hussein, where are you now that we need you — or your equivalent?  Ed Kent]

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In a Force for Iraqi Calm, Seeds of Conflict
By ALISSA J. RUBIN and DAMIEN CAVE
Sunni “Awakening” groups, paid by the U.S. to fight
extremists, have become a success story in Iraq, but there
are growing concerns about what will happen to them after a
U.S. handoff.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/23/world/middleeast/23awakening.html?th&emc=th


“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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