Annan: Iraq close to civil war

From Reuters:

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Monday Iraq was in danger of descending into civil war, as insurgents killed more than 30 people in a fresh wave of bomb attacks ahead of the holy month of Ramadan.

Annan, opening an international aid conference for Iraq, said: “If current patterns of alienation and violence persist much longer, there is a grave danger that the Iraqi state will break down, possibly in the midst of full-scale civil war.”

Bracing Baghdad for an expected increase in attacks by al Qaeda and other Sunni militant groups fighting the Shi’ite-led government, U.S. and Iraqi officials are planning to shield the capital from car bombers by sealing off its entrances with checkpoints and trenches. Ramadan starts next week.  more


It is clear to Koffi Annan.  It is clear to me.  Unfortunately, it really isn’t clear to President Bush.