According to Iraqi government officials, there is basically no chance of Iraq becoming a Democratic Government, or even of surviving as Iraq at all. They are now trying to figure out how to parse up the country among Sunnis, Shi'ites and Kurds.
"Iraq as a political project is finished," a senior government official was quoted as saying, adding: "The parties have moved to plan B." He said that the Shia, Sunni and Kurdish parties were now looking at ways to divide Iraq between them and to decide the future of Baghdad, where there is a mixed population. "There is serious talk of Baghdad being divided into [Shia] east and [Sunni] west," he said.
The situation has spiralled even more out of control in the last week while everybody's attention was focused on Lebanon. And the official policy of America is to put on a happy face, and believe anybody who tells us what we want to hear:
Ever since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein a succession of Iraqi political leaders have been fêted in London and Washington where they claimed to have the insurgents on the run.
And America is in the hands of lunatics who not only WILL NOT admit that they were wrong, but are hunting for every opportunity to do the same damned thing again.