Iraq Civil War
But if you look at the situation from the Iraqi’s perspective, one sees a noble cause, that is having major problems, but that is not hopeless…yet. Africa’s history is replete of examples of nations that received foreign attention for a while, but as soon as things got tough, the international attention was withdrawn and disaster followed. The poster child for this….Somalia.
The Iraqis, Americans, and the world should not let the situation in Iraq deteriorate to anarchy. The fact that Iraq is in the throws of a civil war should not lead America to abandon Iraq. Many have argued that America shouldn’t be a “referee” in the civil war, but that is precisely what the Iraqi’s need, a party (like the UN in DRC, French in Ivory Coast, ECOMOG in Liberia, British in Sierra Leone) that shall help limit the bloodshed, facilitate a ceasefire and provide the space necessary for political negotiations, where the Iraqi’s would work out the outstanding political differences.
Iraq is in a situation that many Africans have found themselves before, you get rid of a dictator, there is no heir apparent, no system to resolve leadership and political controversies, and you degenerate in to anarchy. Many in Africa, rightly, chastise the international community when it fails to assist in ending the violence (ala Rwanda), or has only fleeting interest in a conflict situation (ala Somalia). One can only hope that the Americans (after the bluster that is the campaign) resolve not to leave Iraq prematurely, and that the Iraqi’s get their collective act together and change the dynamics on the ground.