"Operation Iraqi Freedom"

It looks like it's going to be a long war, but the Iraqis are up to it. To regain their freedom, first they are going to have to expel the US and British invaders. Then they can struggle to overthrow Saddam. They're not going to try to do it the other way around. The invasion has achieved the seemingly impossible: it has turned the Shiites and other opponents of the Baath Party into Saddam supporters -- at least, for the duration of the invasion.

Meanwhile, some American military planners are beginning to realize that US military force is not an overwhelming deterrent to rebellion or resistance. Maybe in Washington they should start trying diplomacy -- but that requires listening to the other guy.

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