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Anatomy of a Civil War: Writer Nir Rosen on Iraq's Descent Into Chaos
by Democracy Now (reposted)
Monday Nov 27th, 2006 6:59 AM
Freelance journalist and author Nir Rosen joins us to discuss the latest developments in Iraq and the Middle East. Rosen says, "[The U.S.] destroyed Iraq. There was no civil war in Iraq until we got there and took certain steps to pit Sunni against Shia. We need to know that we are responsible.”
In his latest article, "Anatomy of a Civil War: Iraq's descent into chaos" ( ), Rosen writes, "Shia religious parties such as the Iran-supported Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (its name a sufficient statement of its intentions), or SCIRI, controlled the country, and Shia militias had become the Iraqi police and the Iraqi army, running their own secret prisons, arresting, torturing, and executing Sunnis in what was clearly a civil war. And the Americans were merely one more militia among the many, watching, occasionally intervening, and in the end only making things worse. Iraqis' hopes for a better future after Saddam had been betrayed."

* Nir Rosen, a freelance writer and a fellow at the New America Foundation. He is the author of "In the Belly of the Green Bird: The Triumph of the Martyrs in Iraq." His latest article is called "Anatomy of a Civil War: Iraq's descent into chaos." It was published in the November/December issue of Boston Review. He returned from the Middle East on Sunday.