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  • Wednesday, March 08, 2006

    No reason for optimism in Iraq

    John Simpson is a respected BBC journalist, and in this piece, at the BBC, he describes how, if there is a reason to be optimistic in Iraq, he hasn't spotted that yet:

    But it took three months before a government was formed. Public opinion was alienated, and the insurgency was soon more effective than ever.

    This time, the politicians are taking even longer to get their act together. And in the meantime the worst of the violence is directed, not at the Americans or the British, nor even at the Iraqi police and army, but at ordinary worshippers at Sunni and Shia mosques.

    The level of sectarian violence has dropped off a little in recent days. But Iraq hasn't turned a corner, and it doesn't even look like turning one.

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