69 million page views

Iraqi Civil War

Reader comment on item: U.S. Needs To Learn Patience [in Iraq]

Submitted by Leonard Markowitz (United States), Nov 30, 2004 at 18:19

Regardless of what the US armed forces do or don't do, I am convinced that Iraq will eventually implode into a civil war splitting the nation into a Shiite South, a Sunni mid-section and a Kurdish Northeast.

While a tragedy of war, this is not necessarily a deleterious event for the US. As Israel has learned long ago, the best ally they have involves the internecine jealousy and warfare among the Arab states.

Trying to force democracy onto a 17th century people, who have never known that concept and who rely upon a tribal mentality will never work regardless of the altruisitic intent.

Leonard Markowitz

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2023 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)