Amir Taheri, an Iranian-born journalist and author based in Europe, writes in the New York Post:
The Bloods, The Crips, & Sectarian War
[...]"What is happening in Iraq, however, is neither a civil nor a sectarian war (although elements of both exist within the broader context). This war is a political one - between those who wish Iraq to succeed as a new democracy and those who want it to fail."
"Those who want the new Iraq to succeed represent the overwhelming majority of Iraqis of all ethnic and religious backgrounds. Those who want it to fail are made up of Saddamite bitter-enders, some misguided pan-Arab nationalists, death squads financed by Tehran - and a variety of non-Iraqi terrorist outfits who have come to Iraq to kill and die in the name of their perverted vision of Islam."
"In short, the war in Iraq is part of the broader war against terrorism and its many dark forces."