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?