Monday, August 25, 2008
Danger in Iraq
It was reported last week, but I don't think quite enough attention has been paid to a situation that could backfire rather handily in Iraq. Remember the Anbar Awakening, which in my view probably did more than the surge to contribute the the reduced violence in Iraq? Well, the Shia-dominated Iraqi government is not only dragging its feet on bringing those American-supported ($300 a month) fighters into the national security services, it has issued arrest warrants for 650 of the leaders. Hard to know where this will lead, but something like a resumption of civil war is certainly not beyond the realm of possibility. Here's the Register's editorial on the potential dangers. I also devoted my Antiwar.com column this week to the problem.