Politics Stay the Course
Iraq is all my fault, I realize, but I feel obligated to post this: Despite the Bush visit, despite killing Zarqawi, despite an offer of amnesty/reconciliation, the violence in Iraq just keeps getting worse.
At least 57 people were killed in attacks and 10 students were kidnapped from their hostel in Baghdad, one day after the prime minister unveiled a peace plan aimed at easing the violence….
The first attack happened near Baquba in the village of Khairnabat, northeast of Baghdad, when a booby-trapped motorbike exploded in a marketplace killing at least 18 and wounding 20, a defense ministry source said. Baquba’s main hospital confirmed the toll and said most of the dead were children.
Shortly after a home-made bomb exploded in the main market of the city of Hilla, south of Baghdad, at least killing seven and wounding 13, according to the main hospital.
And in the fourth incident of mass abductions this month, gunmen arriving in five sports utility vehicles with tinted windows stormed into a hostel on Oqba bin Nafaa square in the capital’s Karradah district and abducted 10 students, who were singled out for being Sunnis, security officials said.
The broad daylight abduction occurred despite the fact that Karradah, like many of the capital’s principal districts, is filled with checkpoints manned by Iraqi soldiers as part of a massive operation launched on June 14 involving more than 50,000 troops.
Never enough troops on the ground, blah blah blah. Here’s what I had to say about the mess last August.