I find it hard to disagree with Martin Jacques in today’s Guardian. I just recently bought a book talking about these issues – Jacques pretty much covers it. I will have to take a look at Schell’s new book.
It is now clear to everyone – apart from Donald Rumsfeld and his cronies – that, far from being a rump of Saddamist malcontents, the resistance enjoys broad based support among the Sunnis and increasingly the Shias too. The old truths are alive and well. People do not want to be ruled by an alien power from thousands of miles away whose interests are self-serving. The resistance in Iraq bears all the hallmarks of a people’s war for self-determination.