US Withdrawal in Iraq Leading to Peace, Not Armageddon

Remember how for six years we were told by Congress members and the corporate media that withdrawing from Iraq would lead to disaster (somehow worse than the existing hell)? Remember how we pointed out that the occupation was a leading cause of the violence? Here Patrick Cockburn reports that the partial withdrawal thus far is stabilizing Iraq. However, Cockburn seems to suggest that part of this is the result of Iraqis’ belief that full withdrawal will proceed in compliance with the Bush-Maliki treaty, and Cockburn never mentions the open declarations by US generals that such compliance will not occur. Nor does he touch on the denial of Iraqis’ right to vote the treaty down. The occupation can still cause greater violence.

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