With Friends Like These
With the evidence that is coming out now, it is hard for me to deny that there is a big problem with sectarian violence in Iraq. Reports of execution style killings of Sunni Muslims are making it clear that Sunnis and Al Qaeda are not the only groups preventing a stable Iraq. If the Shiites are not on our side, under control, and supporting a peaceful Iraq, then we have very little chance for success.
I have desperately tried not to lose hope - mostly because of how bad it would be for the region if Iraq failed, but also partly because I don't want the defeatists to be able to say that they were right. I can't imagine how depressing it will be if they can sit back and say they told us so - that Iraq wasn't capable of becoming a democracy.