Sunni-Shi’ite Jihad Update from AFP, with thanks to Arjun:
TWO senior US generals fear growing violence between Shiite and Sunni Muslims threatens to plunge Iraq into civil war.
“I believe that the sectarian violence is probably as bad as I’ve seen it, in Baghdad in particular, and that if not stopped, it is possible that Iraq could move towards civil war,” said General John Abizaid, the top US military officer in the Middle East.
General Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff and thus the top general at the Pentagon, agreed with the assessment.
“I believe that we do have the possibility of that devolving to a civil war, but that does not have to be a fact,” Pace said….
“We can provide support, we can help provide security, but they must now decide about their sectarian violence,” Pace said.
“Shia and Sunni are going to have to love their children more than they hate each other.”
Abizaid and Pace said they did not predict a year ago that sectarian violence would be as high as it is now.
Why didn’t they? They should have been reading Jihad Watch.