Scott MacLeod on 5 Years of Iraq

The Lebanonization of Iraq continues.
clipped from time-blog.com

Five years on, I don’t see any chance that Iraq will become a functioning democracy in any meaningful sense of the term in my lifetime. Whether the suicide-bombing toll goes down a little or back up a little, the country is badly fractured along ethnic and regional fault lines. That’s a reality that will be endlessly manipulated and exploited by more powerful neighbors and outside parties. Five years later, Iraqis are living with well over 100,000 U.S. troops still all over their soil, invading Turkish troops now helping themselves in the north, and with Iranians who are busy using political, religious and intelligence operatives to draw Iraqi Shiites into Iran’s web of influence. Iraq’s problem is not unlike that of Lebanon; though the Lebanese state nominally never ceased to function, Lebanese factions plunged the country into a civil war in 1975 and one way or the other the Lebanese are still trying to sort out the shambles.

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