'The worst of all worlds'
Biden, Lugar warn of civil war as Shiite unrest grows in Iraq.
After a weekend of escalating violence between radical Shiite Muslims and US-led coalition forces, which resulted in the deaths of more than some 60 people, two leading US senators have warned of the danger of civil war in Iraq. Senator Richard Lugar (R) of Indiana and Senator Joseph Biden (D) of Delaware, also said that it's time to have a debate about the Bush administration's proposed June 30 deadline for the handover of power from the US-led Iraqi Governing Council to the Iraq. The International Herald Tribune reports that Mr. Lugar also said more US troops may be needed.
"They're at a point in which clearly they can't control the situation," Lugar said [during an ABC interview]. "You have the militia that has not been disarmed, and if in fact the worst situation comes, the militia begin to fight each other, that is, civil war."
On Fox News Sunday, Mr. Biden said there isn't enough security in Iraq, and that the US needs to "take the American face" off the occupation by allowing NATO to take a larger role there. He explained this position in more depth in a commentary in Sunday's Washington Post.World Peace. WorldPeace is one word.
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