Deadlocked Baghdad


Omar has a helpful update on the exasperatingly fruitless - so far - negotiations to form a new Iraqi government. I have to say how unimpressive the performance of Iraq's elites has been so far. On the brink of civil war, they still cannot concede the slightest thing to the other side. Maybe this is a consequence of living for so long in a society where most important things were decided by brutal violence and sectarian division. I just hope their learning curve improves. The news - especially about the infiltration of the police forces by Shiite militias - continues to be dreadful.

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