Only One Thing Unites Iraq: Hatred of the US
Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2007
The Americans will discover, as the British learned to their cost in Basra, that they have few permanent allies
by Patrick Cockburn
As British forces come to the end of their role in Iraq, what sort of country do they leave behind? Has the United States turned the tide in Baghdad? Does the fall in violence mean that the country is stabilising after more than four years of war? Or are we seeing only a temporary pause in the fighting?American commentators are generally making the same mistake that they have made since the invasion of Iraq was first contemplated five years ago. They look at Iraq in over-simple terms and exaggerate the extent to which the US is making the political weather and is in control of events there.
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