Dave of The Glittering Eye made this remark in a comment on an earlier post:
Saddam’s rule of Iraq interrupted the civil war there that was already in progress.
Now, I’m not in favor of an Iraqi civil war, but as I’ve said previously it’s already going on at a certain level. That level is the tribal level, and that’s the level that really, truly matters in Iraq.
I’ve argued many times in discussion that one of the best things that ever happened to America was our savage Civil War. As bloody and brutal as it was, as close as it came to destroying us forever, you know that it’s true. It defined us as a nation.
Iraq needs to find a definition as a nation. If terrorist forces and Baathist dead-enders can be the enemy that unites greater Iraq, so much the better. But that’s only one possibility.