What's the definition of a civil war? According this article in the New York Times, the "scholarly" definition of a civil war has 2 main criteria:
The first says that the warring groups must be from the same country and fighting for control of the political center, control over a separatist state or to force a major change in policy. The second says that at least 1,000 people must have been killed in total, with at least 100 from each side.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said that Iraq is, indeed, in a civil war. President Bush said no, and in a rare agreement, former President Jimmy Carter agreed with him (or at least he said "not yet").
Iraqis, on the other hand, said "whatever you call it, we're scared." What do you think?