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Yes, it does have that appearance.  Certainly the Government has lost control of security and no longer has a monopoly on the use of force.

Some other characteristics of a failed state (it depends on your definition!) have not appeared: I am not aware of any suggestion of political corruption, significant crime prior to the current mob rule, black markets or weak justice system.

Perhaps there is some hope.  But it doesn't look good.

by canberra boy (canberraboy1 at gmail dot com) on Sat May 27th, 2006 at 07:41:26 PM EST
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