posted on Jan, 22 2004 @ 04:21 PM
Iraq may be on path to civil war, CIA officials warn
By Warren P. Strobel and Jonathan S. Landay
Knight Ridder Newspapers
WASHINGTON — CIA officers in Iraq are warning that the country may be on a path to civil war, current and former U.S. officials said yesterday,
starkly contradicting the upbeat assessment President Bush gave in his State of the Union address.
The CIA officers' bleak assessment was delivered orally to Washington this week, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of
the classified information involved.
The warning echoed growing fears that Iraq's Shiite majority, which until now has accepted the U.S. occupation grudgingly, could turn to violence if
its demands for direct elections are spurned.
Meanwhile, Iraq's Kurdish minority is pressing for autonomy and shares of oil revenue.
"Both the Shiites and the Kurds think that now's their time," one intelligence officer said. "They think that if they don't get what they want
now, they'll probably never get it. Both of them feel they've been betrayed by the United States before."
It would be really interesting to poll Iraqis and ask them if they would want to have Saddam back in power? I think we'd be in for a surprise with
Safety is always the citizens first priority. And with the US occupying Iraq this can never happen. Michael Moore said something in the lines of Iraq
currently is a giant fire, and the American occupation is the fuel. The only way to put out the fire, is to remove the fuel.