The United Nations secretary-general, Kofi Annan, has warned that Iraq is in danger of descending into full scale civil war. They are pretty well already suffering from limited scale civil war at the moment.
"Iraq and its leaders are now at an important crossroads. If they can address the needs and common interests of all Iraqis, the promise of peace and prosperity is still within reach.
But if current patterns of alienation and violence persist much longer, there is a grave danger that the Iraqi state will break down, possibly in the midst of a full-scale civil war.
Peace in Iraq will ultimately depend on domestic resolve and regional cooperation, but it will not come about without ever more urgent international engagement.
The international community may not be able to ensure Iraq's success, but it can guarantee failure if it does not come through in time with sufficient support."