Friday, November 24, 2006

The Wheels Are off

Do you get the feeling that yesterday's suicide bomb and mortar attacks in Sadr City that killed over 200 people and wounded hundreds more is a "turning point" similar to the Golden Mosque bombing in Samarra?

BAGHDAD (AP) — Militiamen grabbed six Sunnis as they left Friday worship services, doused them with kerosene and burned them alive as Iraqi soldiers stood by, and seven Sunni mosques came under attack as Shiites took revenge for the slaughter of 215 people in the Sadr City slum.

With the government trying to avert a civil war, two simultaneous bombings in Tal Afar, in northern Iraq, killed at least 23 people. On Thursday, Sunni-Arab insurgents unleashed bombings and mortar attacks in Sadr City, the deadliest assault since the U.S.-led invasion.

Members of the Mahdi Army militia burned four mosques and several homes while killing 12 other Sunni residents in the once-mixed Hurriyah neighborhood until American forces arrived, said police Capt. Jamil Hussein. Gunmen loyal to radical anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr began taking over the neighborhood this summer and a majority of its Sunni residents already had fled.

The gunmen attacked the four mosques with rocket-propelled grenades, machine guns and automatic rifles. Residents said the militiamen prevented them from entering the burned buildings to remove the dead, and they and Hussein said Shiite-dominated police and Iraqi military stood idly by.

The police and Iraqi military stood idly by while Shiite militiamen torched Sunnis alive and Sadr's people told Maliki if he meets with Bush in Jordan in the next few days, they will pull out of the government and bring Maliki down.

Yeah, the wheels are off this thing.

But hey, at least there's some good shopping today! Get any great bargains at the mall?

I do get that feeling.

But like you say, so long as I can still get cheap clothes at the mall, what do I care?

Here we go.
It's bad, pt. It's really, really bad. Hagel's piece in tomorrow's Post really cuts through the rhetoric and bullshit and lays it out for what it is.
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