I've weighed in before on why I think Iraq is no where near deteriorating into civil war. A WSJ Op-Ed tracks my thoughts perfectly:
"Behold these elections: they are not a prelude to civil war, as some of our sages continually warn. They are the substitute for a civil war. Indeed, the remarkable thing about the Shiites has been their restraint in the face of the terror that the remnants of the old regime and the jihadists have thrown at them. It is their leaders and their mosques and their weddings and their religious gatherings that have been the steady targets of the terror. It is their faith that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and his band of killers continue to dismiss as a heresy at odds with Islam's 'purity.' "
Despite yesterday's Coalition casualties, almost all of the terrorist attacks in Iraq kill mainly other Iraqis- and most of them are Shiites.