JOHN THURSTON wrote:Even given the fact that i am generally conservative, I do not feel we can force a military solution in the event of an Iraqi civil war.
I'm not completely sure what a civil war means in this circumstance. I assume the Kurds are in good shape in the north and will simply try to isolate themselves. Furthermore, the Shiites are in good shape in the south. How long can the Sunnis last if they want to make a "civil war" of it? It seems to me that the Sunnis could have put in with us once Saddam was overthrown. Instead, they have chosen a path which will end badly for them, at best as a disenfranchised minority and at worst dead. Maybe it was fomented by Al Qaeda, but once the fire has started, the burning match is no longer important.
So what does a "civil war" between Sunnis and Shiites look like? I hardly think a comparison to Vietnam or Korea is helpful, as these quickly became conflicts between well-defined, opposed governments. There is no such organization here. Looks more like Lebanon. Sure you like the bunker idea?