Prelude To Civil War?
In a certain blow to the January 30th elections, and what could possibly be a step towards civil strife, the main Sunni Muslim political movement, the Iraqi Islamic Party, is withdrawing from next month's general elections. According to the party leader, Mohsen Abdul Hamid, the move was motivated by the refusal to delay elections so that all parts of Iraq could vote. Mr. Hamid stated that six out of 18 Iraqi provinces would be unable to hold credible elections under the current circumstances.
It seems apparent that this administration's insistence that the elections go on will only further divide Iraqi factions, and bring that country closer to utter, irreversible chaos.