Iraq: It's All Over Now

Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 05/05/2004 12:00 am EDT

The situation in Iraq is "disintegration verging on collapse," said Richard Holbrooke, former US ambassador to the United Nations, on the last day of April. It was a month that saw more American troops killed than during last year's invasion, a decisive US defeat in the siege of Falluja, and horrific revelations about the torture and sexual abuse of Iraqi prisoners by both American and British soldiers. It may be years yet before the helicopters pluck the last Americans off the roof of the Baghdad embassy (or a post-Bush administration might still manage a more graceful exit), but basically the game is up.

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