TITLE

How to End It

AUTHOR(S)
Diamond, Larry
PUB. DATE
July 2006
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Jul/Aug2006, Vol. 85 Issue 4, p150
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents a response to Stephen Biddle's "Seeing Baghdad, Thinking Saigon," in the March/April 2006 issue. Biddle argued that the civil war in Iraq is a communal conflict and that an American pull out would be unconscionable because it would lead to further ethnic strife. The article argues that Biddle's analysis fails to account for the Sunni strategy, namely that Sunni insurgents are fighting against the U.S. and those (Shiites and Kurds) perceived to be its sympathizers, and they aspire to national conquest. Sunni groups have made multiple gestures towards to U.S., asking for talks and assurances of no permanent U.S. military in Iraq. The key to ending the war lies in negotiating with the Sunni insurgency with the help of international mediators.
ACCESSION #
21326451

 

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