A diarist reports on a recent lecture by Seymour Hersh:
"Corporations throughout the Arab world are fueling sectarian violence . 'In the Sunni world, there is not a major construction company not funneling money to the insurgency,' Hersh said. To those companies, it is an honor to support the insurgency. On the other side, the Shia in southern Iraq are dominated by Iran. Political groups Dawa and SCIRI who are putting up candidates in elections fought on the side of Iran during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. 'Iran right now is the winner . . . the Sunnis are up in arms over the spread of the Shia.' Turkey's commitment to the Turkic population and their refusal to accept Kurdistan threatens to turn the Iraq war into a much larger regional conflagration."