Ovid (publius_ovidius) wrote,

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Iraqi Civil War

Everyone keeps talking about a civil war in Iraq as if such a thing hasn't been going on for months. San Jose Mercury News asks what a civil war would look like. In the process, they describe the current state of Baghdad:

Corpses, coldly executed, are turning up by the minibus-load. Mortar shells are casually lobbed into rival neighborhoods. Car bombs are killing people wholesale, while assassins hunt them down one by one.

Whew! I'm sure glad that's not a civil war.

So if we refuse to call a civil war a civil war, does this make people feel better or something?

OK, I fess up. I didn't pull out a dictionary and look up "civil war". Can someone please tell me what one is and why Iraq doesn't qualify?

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