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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 07:56 AM
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British think-tank reports Iraq is on the verge of collapse; on the verge of being a failed state
Edited on Thu May-17-07 08:03 AM by bigtree
Thu 17 May 2007 12:23:14 BST

By Ibon Villelabeitia

BAGHDAD, May 17 (Reuters) - Iraq's government has lost control of vast areas to powerful local factions and the country is on the verge of collapse and fragmentation, a leading British think-tank said on Thursday.

Chatham House also said there was not one civil war in Iraq, but "several civil wars" between rival communities, and accused Iraq's main neighbours -- Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey -- of having reasons "for seeing the instability there continue".

"It can be argued that Iraq is on the verge of being a failed state which faces the distinct possibility of collapse and fragmentation," it said in a report.

"The Iraqi government is not able to exert authority evenly or effectively over the country. Across huge swathes of territory, it is largely irrelevant in terms of ordering social, economic and political life."

The report also said that a U.S.-backed security crackdown in Baghdad launched in February has failed to reduce overall violence across the country, as insurgent groups have just shifted their activities outside the capital.

Rather that one civil war pitting majority Shi'ites against Sunnis nationwide, the paper said Iraq's "cross-cutting conflicts" were driven by power struggles between sectarian, ethnic and tribal groups with differing regional, political and ideological goals as they compete for the country's resources.

more: http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/CrisesArticle.aspx?rpc=...
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xultar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 07:59 AM
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1. Well. That's some mishun accomplished. Bush has messed up the US, Afghanistan and Irak
Edited on Thu May-17-07 08:00 AM by xultar
Who else can say they fucked up 3 sovereign nations.

Give it up people. Applaud the fucker. That's some accomplishment.

Way to go Lil boots.
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dogday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 08:00 AM
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2. We can proud as a nation that we are responsible
for this NOT........
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phoreten Donating Member (23 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 08:04 AM
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3. Google the writer of the article
All he writes about is murder and mayhem. I think he needs a vacation.
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 08:12 AM
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6. Possibly he should take a break, but the bloody truth about the Iraq fiasco won't end
just because someone stopped reporting on it
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 11:34 AM
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8. hey phoreten
enjoying your stay?
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 12:30 PM
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9. !
search is instructive.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 12:30 PM
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10. Indeed, where are all those articles about the GOOD things happening in Iraq
I mean, really. You'd think the author had nothing to do but bash.


:sarcasm:
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genie_weenie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 08:09 AM
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4. Iraq was always a failed state but
if a central authority is strong enough (re: brutual) they can usually keep people in line. However, along comes an ignorant foreign regime, who understands nothing of the cultural dynamics, nor of history and sees it as a ripe peach and a way to galvanize it's control of it's people and viola!
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 08:10 AM
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5. Saw this on BBC this morning
meanwhile Blair continues to spew more bullshit.
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 08:13 AM
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7. all eyes on Brown . . .
meet the new boss . . . ?
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Strelnikov_ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 12:58 PM
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11. Linky to the paper cited
Accepting Realities in Iraq
by Dr Gareth Stansfield

http://www.chathamhouse.org.uk/pdf/research/mep/BPIraq0... (.pdf warning)
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