By Pepe Escobar
"Hollywood's take on the Iraq War, The Hurt Locker, swept Sunday's Oscars. Who will emerge victorious from Iraq's elections is less clear. Washington favors former premier Iyad Allawi - once an intelligence asset - over the Shi'ite incumbent aligned with Iran, Nuri al-Maliki. But ultimately it seems that as long as Maliki can hasten the Americans' exit, he will emerge triumphant......
Once again the unintended - or, as a matter of fact, intended - end result of Washington's "Western liberal democracy" imposed by the barrel of a gun will be sectarianism. The specter of civil war in Iraq will remain - much to the delight of Washington's full spectrum dominance crowd, which would love nothing better than a balkanization of Iraq to enfeeble both Iraq and Iran......"