Dick Morris thinks that the scenes we’re seeing from Iraq aren’t civil war. Here’s what he says in his latest column for Jewish World Review:

The liberal media is hyping the notion that Iraq is on the verge of a civil war. It’s not true. Much of the violence and bloodshed, deplorable and disgusting as it is, really represents maneuvering to gain advantage in these negotiations. The Iraqis are dickering over the composition of a coalition/unity government. The negotiations are vital to all participants, since control of Iraq’s oil revenues hangs in the balance. Just as Mafia dons might resort to assassinations to re-order the family structures, so the thugs in Iraq, on all sides of the equation, blow up mosques and kill innocent children in order to make their political points. The current spate of violence simply underscores the truth of von Clausewitz’s dictum that “war is the continuation of politics by other means.”

In other words, yes, there’s violence but it isn’t the start of a widespread civil war. This doesn’t mean that it isn’t important to get a government in place. Frankly, I think the minute that one is put in place, President Bush’s poll ratings will get a bit of a boost.

The fact is that the Middle East is simply a violent region of the world. We shouldn’t mistake violence for civil war, though. There’s quite a difference in motivating factors between civil war and violence. The motivation for civil war in the Middle East is most often over disputes between religious or ethnic groups.

That’s something that we haven’t seen in Iraq. We’ve seen the opposite, actually, with Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani and Sunni civil leaders urging calm in the aftermath of the Samarra mosque attack. If anything, I think that showed remarkable restraint.

That wasn’t noticed by the Agenda Media because, frankly, I don’t think they wanted to see it. They reported what they wanted to see instead of reality.

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