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So what exactly constitutes civil war?

Discussion in 'U.S. Politics' started by palefrost, Jul 25, 2006.

  1. palefrost

    palefrost New Member

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    Ive heard it mentioned on quite a few news programs that Iraq is in "civil war" or headed into "civil war". Would you call it a civil war or is it more like sectarian violence or ethnic cleansing for that matter?


    http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/07/25/bush.iraq.ap/index.html
     
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    A civil war is when an enemy shoots you, he/she then says "I am so very sorry".
     
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    I think with as many factions in Iraq who seem to hate each enough to kill each other, that's pretty close to civil war. Or my definition, anyhow.
     
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    Ok Ive done a little research on this ...

    Is the dictionary term for civil war.


    The mess in Iraq is indeed a classic civil war. Iraq has rightly been referred to (even pre-invasion) as the "Yugoslavia of the Middle East." It was arbitrarily patched together by Great Britain subsequent to WWI and combined three groups who for centuries despised one another (though, to be honest, the Kurds pretty much just kept to themselves as they do today). The Shiites and Sunnis have been at each other's throats since the death of Mohammed. Just as Yugoslavia survived as a nation only under the iron rule of Josep Tito and flew apart just a few years after his death, so too did Iraq remain unified only under the iron hand of monarchs and dictators. Once the last dictator was removed, of course the country flew apart along ethnic and religious lines.
     
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    Nobody liked my George Carlin reference on civil war? I guess I am not that funny!
     
  6. sushimonster

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    I got the joke Brandon.
     
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    Civil will surely ensue. You have three (Shia, Kurds, and Sunnis) all vying for power. Now, imagine, you have a culture that has resorted to violence to solve any dispute. How can you establish a lasting Democracy with this kind of childish behavior? Exactly. You can't. So this is one reason why the Iraq conflictm and our continuation is pointless. The only way anything will ever work, is to utilize a triumvirate of the three most popular factions, and give them a legislature resembling that of Great Britain's.
     
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