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Fox Guest Says There Is No Civil War in Iraq - Shepard Smith Agrees

Reported by Donna - November 19, 2007 -

Smith spoke with Michael O'Hanlon from the Brookings Institute regarding this (what Smith called a) positive development.

O'Hanlon said to remember that the Shites remember that the Sunnis ruled over them, perscuted them, killed them for decades. And on the other hand Sunnis see the Shites as a class of people underneath them who now rule them, so there is a lot of tension between them.

O'Hanlong said we wouldn't see this turned around overnight that this would have to be done in baby steps.

Smith asked O'Hanlon if these people are just lying low until the surge is done. O'Hanlon said there is certainly that concern. O'Hanlon said a year ago that Iraq was in civil war but he would not use that term right now. He said there was lot's of terror, warfare and insurgency are going on. He said key cities such as Kirkuk and others are still under key disputes.

Smith asked if there are signs that there are compromises coming. O'Hanlon said that Baghdad is at least releasing money and oil money to some of the provinces. He said that's not the oil law that we want which would be permanent. O'Hanlon said that practically speaking, some of these things are being addressed but not at a theoretical or national or legal level.

Smith ended the segment by saying, at least for today civil war is not happening.

Comment: So, there you have it, one person said we are not under civil war so that's how Smith wraps up his segment. And, what are baby steps? Is that 30, 40, 50 years from now? And I liked how Smith worded it - at least for today we don't have civil war in Iraq.