Monday, March 06, 2006

Is This the Kind of Civil War Tom Friedman Wanted?

From January of 2005, New York Times columnist Tom Friedman:

This is a tough call, but I hope the elections go ahead as scheduled on Jan. 30. We have to have a proper election in Iraq so we can have a proper civil war there.

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We don't want the kind of civil war that we have in Iraq now. That is a war of Sunni and Islamist militants against the U.S. and its Iraqi allies, many of whom do not seem comfortable fighting with, and seemingly for, the U.S. America cannot win that war. That is a civil war in which the murderous insurgents appear to be on the side of ending the U.S. "occupation of Iraq" and the U.S. and its allies appear to be about sustaining that occupation.

The civil war we want is a democratically elected Iraqi government against the Baathist and Islamist militants.

What do you mean "we," kemosabe? I don't want any kind of civil war. Got that?


Then in September of the same year:
Maybe the cynical Europeans were right. Maybe this neighborhood is just beyond transformation. That will become clear in the next few months as we see just what kind of minority the Sunnis in Iraq intend to be. If they come around, a decent outcome in Iraq is still possible, and we should stay to help build it. If they won’t, then we are wasting our time. We should arm the Shiites and Kurds and leave the Sunnis of Iraq to reap the wind.

Don't know whether the US is in fct arming the Shiites and Kurds, but in any event, the current bloodbath in Iraq appears to be going more-or-less as Mr. Friedman would have it. Bravo, Tom. Maybe one of these days, you'll be able to salvage a "see, I was right!" moment from the steaming pile of human carcasses you cheered on.

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