The UN is to broaden its role in Iraq after scurrying off in 2003. This is obviously good news, but as usual, it is dependent upon words actually turning in to action – something that doesn’t automatically follow.
My wider view on Iraq is quite simple. No matter what anyone outside Iraq does, the country will inevitably break up. Continued British and American presence does nothing but draw out the agony.
The only thing that could stop this from becoming a total bloodbath is the UN. The UN must get involved in Iraq in terms of aid and in force. It will still be atrocious when it happens, but if they do it right, there could be hope.
© Anthony North, September 2007
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