The Iraq War: Over Or Not?

A topic on the National Journal Experts blog:
Col Lang takes the (very) long view:
I find it odd that we persist in thinking that the struggle in the modern state of Iraq is somehow about the West and especially about the foreign policy obsessions of America. The Iraqis and those lucky enough to have some historical perspective on the millinnia long struggle for power in Mesopotamia know that this is an unending story interrupted by periods in which one community and its leaders dominates the others. This pattern is repeated across the Islamicate culture continent from Morocco to the Pacific. Only the actors change. The play goes on... Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Central Asia, etc. The latest phase of this struggle happens to have involved us. When we are gone, the drama will continue. "True inter-communal reconcuiliation?" You must be joking.

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