On the Threshold of Failure in Iraq

(Ha'aretz) Ze'ev Schiff - Anyone who compares the military situation in Iraq about a year ago to the situation today will realize that the U.S. Army's control over the large cities is weaker than it was. The Iraqi military unit established by the Americans has fallen apart. Some of its members have joined those operating against the Americans. In Fallujah, relative quiet was achieved after the Americans reached an agreement with an Iraqi general, a supporter of Saddam Hussein, to take responsibility for security in the city. Yesterday his men were firing on the Americans and today he is maintaining security in exchange for dollars. A substantial American failure in Iraq will have far-reaching global implications, which will affect Israel as well. It is no coincidence that the Iranian ambassador to the UN told a senior American politician: "The more entangled you get in Iraq, the more we benefit."

2004-05-28 00:00:00

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