It's a civil war
So sorry, but isn't that yet clear?
NBC is right, this time.
We have armed militias, and wink and a nod semi government death squads operating with outright and quasi support of the government against a murderous minority formerly in power, which will simply not acquiesce to the needs of any kind of pluralistic society, and believes they are a much larger percentage of the population then they are.
I predict that this is not going to be contained at ANY negotiating table on this planet.
It's to the death.
We BLEW any chance there MIGHT have been VERY EARLY. But realistically speaking, just like Yugoslavia, what we have seen is the model for the future for nation states made up of ancient hostilities long suppressed.
I personally believe there was no avoiding this, NOW. I believed it COULD be avoided, but might not be.
Iraq is a civil war, in a nation which never existed except in the mind of Sykes and Picot, in a land contested by THESE SAME PEOPLES since pre-medieval struggles.
September 4th...feels like a year ago, and it was RIGHT ON