Robert Fisk, in an interview from ABC TV in Australia, has some very provocative things to say about Iraq. The June 30 handover is a fraud. He and others were wrong to predict a civil war in Iraq; Iraq has never had a civil war and the west exaggerates the enmity between Sunnis and Shi'ites. Instead they will more likely unite against the coalition. The most frightening historical parallel to US relations with Iraq, and not an unplausible one, is that of French relations with colonised Algeria. All in all, Fisk paints a very grim picture with not much hope for improvement.