George Will: Beyond ‘Civil War’ — It’s ‘Semi-Genocidal’

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By: E&P Staff

Just a week after the media conducted a very public debate over whether to call the conflict in Iraq a “civil war,” a leading commentator — and longtime supporter of the U.S. invasion — has surprisingly gone even further. George Will, in a column today, called the struggle there “semi-genocidal.”

In the wake of the release of the Iraq Study Group (ISG) report, he writes: “It is beyond dispiriting that after 45 months of war an American official can think that this semi-genocidal conflict over the survival of groups divided about the meaning of God’s will can now be dampened by clever economics.”

After years of supporting the U.S. effort there, Will added: “By what the ISG did not recommend — e.g., many more troops and much more money — it recognized that the deterioration is beyond much remediation.”

He continued: “When the ISG made a four-day visit to Iraq in August, its members were taken to the Green Zone, in a city so dangerous that only one ISG member — former senator Chuck Robb, a Marine veteran of Vietnam combat — left it, to visit Marines in the turbulent Anbar province. But, then, long before the ISG came to study it, Iraq seemed impervious to America’s plans for ameliorating its dysfunctions.

“The ISG’s central conclusion, important to say with the group’s imprimatur even though the conclusion is obvious, is that the problem with Iraq is the Iraqis, a semi-nation of peoples who are very difficult to help.”

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