Iraq rebellion will last years - Rumsfeld

From BBC News:

Iraq rebellion 'could last years'

US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has warned it may be years before the insurgency in Iraq is defeated.
Speaking on US television, Mr Rumsfeld said ultimately Iraq's own forces, rather than coalition troops, would beat the insurgents.

Earlier, Mr Rumsfeld said US officials in Iraq have had talks with leaders of the insurgency.

It comes amid growing concern in the US about rising casualties and warnings that the insurgency is strengthening.

Recent opinion polls in the United States have shown a considerable drop in support for the US-led invasion of Iraq.

President George W Bush is to make a prime-time address to the nation about the situation in Iraq on Tuesday.
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With logic akin to that displayed in the last line being deployed here, I suspect that Rumsfeld may be onto something here...
Should we be surprised? Rather than an organised insurgency, the "rebellion" would appear to be a hate fuelled quasi-jihad, with old regime supporters and impressionable, disaffected iraqi youths and other hangers-on taking a pot at the western infidel at any given opportunity. Sure, there are third parties funding, arming and providing technical and training assistance but we are fighting a hydra. Cut down one alleged ring-leader and another lunatic will fill his shoes. With the amount of religious and hate fuelled rhetoric we are seeing many clerics, even western based ones, spouting, we had better steel ourselves for a long and painfull peace enforcement operation.


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