Regions / Middle East & North Africa

Contrary to the stated aspirations of Washington hawks, the Iraq War has dealt a body blow to the many Middle Eastern activists working for democracy and peace. On these grounds alone, the war has been an unmitigated disaster.
While the U.S. debates whether a civil war is raging in Iraq, the UN estimates that 2.6 million Iraqis have fled violence in their country causing a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions.
While politicians in Washington argue over the future of Iraq, half a world away a bloody battle for the soul of Iraq is being fought by Iraqis who are paying a high price for the U.S. occupation.
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