Sunday, October 09, 2005

Sunday morning review: War in Iraq

There are two major articles on Iraq in today's press. Fareed Zakaria talks about how to reign in the insurgents and William Shawcross--the author of the book "Allies" which is about the war in Iraq and also "The Shah's Last Ride" which is an intriguing first-hand account of the late Shah of Iran's exile days-- opposes US withdrawing troops from Iraq:

Fareed Zakaria-Explore rifts in the insurgency:

The vast majority of Sunni organizations in Iraq—including several insurgent groups—have called on Sunnis to mobilize and vote to defeat the constitution, which they view as anti-Sunni. This is the most important positive development in Iraq—a growing split between the radical jihadists and the other insurgents, who are mostly Baathists. It provides the United States with an opportunity, even at this late date, for some success. Drive this split wider and isolate the jihadis. Or as the British motto goes, divide and conquer.

William Shawcross-Peace is not the answer:

It's hard to think of a more graphic illustration of the horror the U.S.-led coalition is fighting in Iraq than the mass murder on Sept. 26, in which terrorists disguised as policemen (a New York Times headline called these butchers "fighters") burst into a primary school in Iskandaria, south of Baghdad, seized five teachers (all Shiites) and shot them dead. Children stood weeping through this atrocity.Why do crimes like this make so little impression on those Americans and Europeans who want the coalition to abandon Iraq? The demonstrators think of themselves as moral, but it is hard to think of any policy more amoral than abandoning Iraq to such an enemy. Iraqis are dismayed by the mistakes made by the coalition. They don't like the continued presence of foreign troops. But they like the prospect of being abandoned prematurely to the terrorists even less.