Michael Kieschnick, President, Working Assets – 2004-04-28 10:55:54
(April 27, 2004) — Heavy fighting has begun again in Fallujah and the Shiite holy city of Najaf. The fighting is likely to be so brutal that we will destroy the cities in order to save them.
And it seems certain that hundreds of American soldiers will die and thousands of Iraqis — both insurgents and civilian bystanders — will die uncounted.
Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN Special Envoy to Iraq, is hard at work attempting to piece together a coalition government that can take sovereignty from the United States.
He has argued that this is not possible if American troops go on the offensive again. There must be a political solution, and the negotiations now under way must be given sufficient time to succeed.
The attacks on Najaf and Fallujah will serve no one except the most extreme elements, cost lives unnecessarily, and work against the Bush Administration’s stated goal of transferring power to an interim government on June 30th.
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