Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Which is the truth?

Commenter Leo recommended I read this article about the Falluja raid. In it, an Iraqi describes visiting the city and seeing nothing but the rotting, dog-eaten corpses of ordinary citizen (no fighters.) The assumption is that the fighters had all left before the invasion, and that we (Americans) had stormed the city, killing innocents, and destroying it's entire infrastructure. It was a military mistake, because, as he concludes:

The US military destroyed Falluja, but simply spread the fighters out around the country. They also increased the chance of civil war in Iraq by using their new national guard of Shias to suppress Sunnis.

Regarding the possibility of a Civil War, Mohammed of Iraq the Model has this to say :
With the elections' day getting closer, I'm hearing more voices warning of the possibility of a civil war in Iraq after the elections and I want to say that I do not find that theory the least acceptable; the theory of the civil war doesn't match any of the facts on the ground and it's based on visions of people who have never lived among Iraqis and have no real-if any-experience in the region.
The coming days will be a test for these theories but I'm almost positive that nothing like that is going to happen and so I don't need to wait to find out.

Mohammed goes into greater detail regarding the Shia/Sunni issues, but you must - as they say - read it all for yourself.