posted on Feb, 1 2004 @ 08:18 AM
Some have dared to say recently that the security situation in Iraq is improving and that the remanants of the old regime and the Islamic jihadists
are losing the battle with the coalition. Today we have been given a stark reminder that Iraq is not in any way close to becoming a peaceful,
democratic, secure country, far from it. If the attacks continue with the ferocity shown in recent weeks we could indeed be looking at all out civil
war in Iraq, a war which may not end even if the coalition withdrew.
There is no doubt that while Saddam was in power he would strive to aquire wmd, however this strategy of toppling any regime who harbour desires to
aquire wmd is flawed and dangerous. The weapons inspectors, we now know had actually done a fantastic job, and clearly should have been allowed to
continue their work.
"Twin suicide bomb attacks in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil have caused a number of casualties, including possibly some senior ethnic Kurdish
Witnesses in Irbil say one suicide bomber blew himself up in a meeting hall of the Kurdistan Democratic Party and another detonated his explosives
across town at the headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan. In both places many Kurds had gathered to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid
"Up to 200 people may have been killed after two suicide bombers blew themselves up at the offices of two rival Kurdish parties in the Iraqi city of
The dead include the governor of the region, ministers in the local administration and several senior officials, at least 235 people were admitted to
the city's three hospitals with injuries....
The attacks occurred a day after a car bomb outside a police station in the northern city of Mosul killed at least nine people and injured 45."
What should the coalition do, increase the military precense and ensure the partial elimination of the 'enemy', or withdraw slowly, probably leaving
Iraq in a state of absolute chaos?