Sunday, May 21, 2006

Iraqi Bloggers Central Two-Year Anniversary!

On May 21, 2004, I posted my first blog entries for this blog. Since then, all of you and I have been through many good times and hard times. I would like to thank everyone who has come to Iraqi Bloggers Central to participate in our ongoing debates about Iraq through our eyes and through the eyes of the Iraqi bloggers, whose courage and intelligence were the aspects that first attracted me to the Iraqi blogosphere, in particular the brothers at Iraq the Model.

On May 21, 2004, I wrote these four blog entries:

Long Live the Spirit of CMAR!!!

How long? 41 Days!

Unpacking the Baggage

June 30 Sighted on Horizon

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As I write this today, Iraq finally has a sovereign government. But the polarization between the Sunnis and the Shia has yet to be completely defused. Does a unified Iraq have a future? I don't know. But I do know that the future of Iraq is now in the hands of Iraqis themselves. Wretchard over at Belmont Club writes:
The actual role of the United States in resolving these security issues will be great. But as a matter of principle, the troubles are now an internal matter of a sovereign Iraqi government; and whether or not the problems are successfully resolved is ultimately a challenge that Iraqis will have to meet. They may fail or succeed, but it will increasingly no longer be America's responsibility. Some will argue that it must needs remain America's responsibility, because the US toppled Saddam. Yet at some point in the process, if the words "Iraqi Government" or "sovereignty" are not to remain wholly fictive, the circumstance of US responsibility must diminish and those of the Iraqis increase. Legally at least, that time has come. At some imperceptible point on a ridge a watershed is reached; and water begins to flow another way.
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Thanks again to all of you from around the world who come to Iraqi Bloggers Central daily to see what CMAR II, Mister Ghost, Diane, and myself have to say.

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In the Boston Review, Nir Rosen has published a long article on the resistance in Iraq called On the Ground in Iraq: The roots of sectarian violence. While the opening is inflammatory and uncorroborated, the rest of the article provides a very detailed look at the history of the resistance and the reasons for the current murderous animosity between the Sunnis and the Shia. I saw Mr. Rosen on C-Span last night and, while he was pessimistic about the future of Iraq, he appeared to me to be a reliable commentator.

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