Posted previously at Grok Your World.
NY Times: "3 Sunni Election Workers Seized and Killed in Mosul," by Dexter Filkins, August 20, 2005.
Or the Iraqi Civil War ... or both ... you decide.
Check out this all-too-cogent analysis from an appropriately annoyed Kurdish leader who, intelligently, wants to maintain his anonymity [bold emphasis mine]:
The tentative agreements on Islam were brokered by the American ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, according to a Kurdish negotiator who spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing the delicacy of the talks. The Kurdish leader said that in both cases, Mr. Khalilzad had sided with Shiite leaders in backing a more expansive role for Islam. That, the Kurd said, angered many of the secular-minded Iraqis who have been fighting for a stricter separation between Islam and the state.
According to the Kurdish leader, the secular Iraqis had pushed for language that would have narrowed the circumstances under which legislation would be deemed to be in conflict with Islam. And, according to the Kurd, the secular Iraqis had wanted marriage and family disputes to be adjudicated by civil courts, not by clerics.
"Your American ambassador is giving an Islamic character to the state," the Kurdish leader said. "You spent all this money and all this blood to bring an Islamic republic here."
"We are very worried," he said.
Of course, this shouldn't be much of a surprise ... Bush has been trying to turn the US into a corporate / Christian monarchy since he sleazed his way to office in 2000 ... while the craven Democrats cower, and boot-licking media cheer ...