The dissolution of Iraq came a step closer today -- and Syria, and maybe eventually Jordan as well. With the first American airstrikes taking place in the corridor between the advance of IS troops and the Kurdish northern Iraq autonomous province, the collapse of the country’s sovereignty and very territoriality has now been acknowledged in the most dramatic means possible. By the same token, the airstrikes -- which, it has been announced, will continue for months -- have re-affirmed the de facto independence of Kurdistan, an extraordinary development.
Rundle: Iraq on the brink will change the world, for good or ill
Crikey's writer-at-large ponders the next stage in the crisis unfolding in Iraq -- a situation where the world will not come out as it went in.