Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Futility of war set to haunt US for years by Amin Saikal

The Iraq conflict began as part of the agenda of a small group of neo-conservatives in the Bush Administration, who wanted to reshape the Muslim Middle East and radical political Islam according to their vision and geopolitical preferences. However, they failed to understand the complex nature of Iraq's culture and society, and that in the absence of an authoritarian central power, elements from each of the country's three main micro-societies - the Arab Shia majority, and the Arab Sunni and non-Arab Kurdish minorities - could violently challenge the occupying powers and one another in pursuit of diverse interests.

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