Shia Arabs

Zarqawi’s Demise

7 June 2006 Zarqawi’s Demise By Gwynne Dyer There is a lesson for us all in the sudden, violent death of terrorist leader Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq on Tuesday. It is this: Never call a meeting. Osama bin Laden probably hasn’t called a single meeting since 9/11, so he’s still alive and kicking almost five …

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Iraq 1918-2006 R.I.P.

11 December 2005 Iraq 1918-2006 R.I.P. By Gwynne Dyer After so many fake “turning points” in Iraq, at last a genuine one: the election on 15 December really will settle something. Unfortunately, what it will do is confirm that the unitary Iraqi state that has existed since 1918 is nearing its end, to be replaced …

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Iraq’s Election

31 January 2005 Iraq’s Election and the Coming Shia Revolt By Gwynne Dyer Good can come out of evil. A democratic, peaceful and independent Iraq could yet be the final result of the US invasion of 2003, whether that was precisely what the Bush administration intended or not. But it still doesn’t seem very likely. …

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Decision in Iraq

22 January 2004 Decision Time in Iraq By Gwynne Dyer Suddenly the crisis has arrived in Iraq. The mass demonstrations of Shia Arabs that have rolled through Baghdad and other Iraqi cities since 18 January will continue either until the Bush administration agrees to free elections, or until the shooting starts in earnest. If Mr …

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