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The Spy Who Told Me


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With the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) pressing now toward Baghdad, Iraq’s only hope in the chance of a more inclusive government is to move toward a coalition embracing all of the country’s religious and ethnic groups.   But with suspicion and hatred in Iraq running deep, it’s easier said than done, and ISIS, being the first to establish “facts on the ground,” is controlling not only territory but also the information war.

In a new piece in the daily digital magazine OZY, John McLaughlin, the former deputy director of the CIA and regular contributor to OZY under the title “The Spy Who Told Me” writes that “What’s much likelier is that we will see a partition of the country, ending Iraq as the world has known it since 1920.  And as the borders shift once more, the Middle East is at risk of a full-scale regional war.”

John McLaughlin’s piece in OZY can be accessed in its entirety here.