No 15


The Political Scene (12 April 2004)

The Americans have initiated a confrontation with Shi'a and Sunni militants in Iraq that threatens to become a general insurrection with unforeseeable consequences.

Confrontation In Iraq

After the British occupied Iraq in March 1917, it took them a full three years to alienate enough Iraqis to spark a full-scale revolt against their rule. But it now looks as if the Americans may better this record by a considerable margin, since...