Oct 18, 2006
sage and onions,
Actually the level of violence expected in Iraq did go through a "think tank" ['Future of Iraq Project'] but it was ignored by the current US adminstiration or it wasn't given priority, afterall it's Iraqis who are dying disproportionally not Americans. (War is a subject that is studied, lessons are supposed to be learned, but they hardly are...)
Iraqis killing Iraqis is obviously not going to solve anything. Though Al Qaeda thinks that by targeting these policemen, who are seen as conspirators, they will weaken the occupation. But the insurgency movement in Iraq is not the sole responsability of Al Qaeda. There are insurgents who are Sunni, who are secular, who do not believe in killing their own, Shia insurgents who are not allied to Al Qaeda and their beliefs. At the same time, the death squads can be Sunni groups or completely political and secular and are believed to be under the wing of certain sectors of the "democratically elected" government - the same puppet government installed by the US.
In any case, the invaders should leave if for any reason the most glaring one - it is not their country. They have not fixed anything, the story about caring about what might happen to Iraqis after the troop withdrawal is illogical when these invading armies have obviously not cared about nor fixed anything during all this time.