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Yeah, It's a Civil War, So What?

Reported by Judy - March 28, 2006

Supporters of the war in Iraq apparently have given up arguing that the conflict, in which Iraqis are killing each other as well as American soldiers, is not a civil war. The new stance is to argue that whether or not the conflict is a civil war is irrelevant.

Mike Jerrick, co-host of Fox News' "Dayside," signaled the new talking point on Monday (March 27, 2006) during an interview with Col. David Hunt, a Fox News military analyst. Hunt was interviewed after Fox News reporter David Piper reported from Baghdad on a series of violent incidents: rocket attacks, bodies found with nooses around their necks, a car bombing, and so on.

Jerrick segued to Hunt with the comment, "Some people say we're already in a civil war. Does it make any difference if we are or we aren’t?" Hunt replied, "No, we just have got to stop it."

On the contrary, whether U.S. troops are standing in the middle of a civil war would seem to matter quite a bit. For one thing, the troops are supposed to be fighting terrorists over there so we don't have to fight them over here. If they are killing Iraqis who are in a civil war, it's unllikely that any of those people are going to come to the U.S. to fight their civil war over here. So what is the point of U.S. troops being in Iraq if they're not killing terrorists? And if it is a civil war, shouldn't we let them fight it out by themselves? Why is our dog in that fight?

The best thing for the U.S. to do would be to withdraw from the cities and guard the Iraqi border to keep out foreign troops and supplies. Let the Iraqi army take care of shooting Iraqi civil warriors.

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