Al Qaeda drives Iraq toward chaos; U.S. withdrawal left door open to sectarian battle for power

  • metta

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    Aug 09, 2013 5:18 PM GMT
    Al Qaeda drives Iraq toward chaos; U.S. withdrawal left door open to sectarian battle for power


    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/aug/8/al-qaeda-drives-iraq-toward-chaos/?page=all#pagebreak

    I guess it is only a matter of time. I wish these countries would see that the only hope they have of bringing stability would be if they include a very strong SEPARATION OF RELIGION AND STATE in their constitutions. The governments should not allow religious political parties. I think Egypt should do the same thing.

    For the health, stability, well-being and safety of their people, they must keep them separate. I don't know what else would really have a chance of actually working.
  • Lincsbear

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    Aug 10, 2013 9:12 PM GMT
    The sectarian divide was always there in a tribal society like Iraq. Saddam Hussein`s rule merely brutally suppressed and disguised it.

    Once that was removed by the American attack and invasion in 2003, a power vacuum came to be, and all those repressed parties began the conflict again.

    Now the Americans have largely gone, the fight is being stepped up.

    Al-Qaeda have bided their time until now and have joined in. The lack of security suits them perfectly.

    Iraq may have all the outward appearance and structures/institutions of democracy, but it lacks an animating culture of the rule of law, compromise/restraint, national coherence, etc. Recent reports from Amnesty International describe it as one of the worst for systematic torture and arbitrary governmental action. The persecution of minorities is another issue of concern.

    This is all a warning for Afghanistan.
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    Aug 11, 2013 7:39 PM GMT
    It is not the US's withdrawal of troops that is causing this. It is the fact that US troops were ever even in Iraq that is causing this.