WORST VIOLENCE IN MONTHS HITS BAGHDAD
“In the original invasion and occupation of Iraq, the US brought into being a level of sectarian discord and ultimately sectarian fighting that had not been in Iraq prior to the US invasion.”“The US very consciously created a governing structure with its occupation of Iraq that was based on sectarian divide; it was based on sectarian identity that had not been primary in Iraq."
“The worst thing that could happen would be a return to US occupation; that’s what led to this level of sectarian divide in the first place.I think what is needed is a full withdrawal of US troops, not only from Iraqi territory, but from what they like to call ‘over the horizon.’“We now have thousands of US troops poised at new US bases in Kuwait, on ships, on the coast, and ready to move back in. It’s a very threatening environment, as well threatening to Iraq’s neighbors, most notably Iran.“This is not a stabilizing force, it never has been. I don’t accept the premise that the US occupation force has provided stability. If we look at 2006/2007, at the height of the US occupation, those were the two years or so of the worst kind of sectarian warfare that Iraq had ever seen.”