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

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