Wonky Muse
Wonky Muse

July 17, 2006

Iraq's Downward Spiral

Civil war in Iraq:

Ali phoned me on Tuesday night, about 10.30pm. There were cars full of gunmen prowling his mixed neighbourhood, he said. He and his neighbours were frantically exchanging information, trying to identify the gunmen.

Were they the Mahdi Army, the Shia militia blamed for drilling holes in their victims’ eyes and limbs before executing them by the dozen? Or were they Sunni insurgents hunting down Shias to avenge last Sunday’s massacre, when Shia gunmen rampaged through an area called Jihad, pulling people from their cars and homes and shooting them in the streets?
As if on cue:

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Gunmen sprayed grenades and automatic weapons fire in a market south of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 50 people, mostly Shiites. The sectarian attack drew an angry protest from lawmakers who accused Iraqi forces of standing idly by during the rampage.

Women and children were among the dead and wounded in the assault in Mahmoudiya, hospital officials said. Late Monday, police said they found 12 bodies in different parts of town — possible victims of reprisal killings.
Iraqis are fleeing in droves and the U.S. military can't seem to contain it.

Why does the U.S. insist on essentially handling this alone? It's time that a truly international coalition force intervene, if the true purpose is to stabilize Iraq and not merely to claim a stake in the Middle East.

Image: AFP/Ali Yussef.

posted at 2:03 PM by Wonky Muse

+Save/Share | |
Links to this post:

Create a Link






ABOUT

"Sapere Aude."
(Dare to Know)
-- Epistularum Liber Primus, Horace

Wonk (noun): def. A political nerd. Know spelled backwards.

Wonky Muse is the other Filipino American female political blogger. The sane, liberal one.


RECENT POSTS

  • The Plame/Wilson News Conference
  • Breaking News: Valerie Plame Sues Cheney, Rove
  • Newspaper Drops Coulter Per Conservatives' Complai...
  • The Exodus Continues
  • Terror Targets: Petting Zoo and Flea Markets
  • 50 Questions for Republicans
  • Cringe-Worthy Prose
  • Milking That Cow
  • Mayor: Say No to McD in Spanish
  • Washington Babylon

  • BLOG ARCHIVES




    BLOGROLL

    Atrios
    BlogRevolution
    Cursor
    Daily Kos
    Hullabaloo
    Firedoglake
    Glenn Greenwald
    Informed Comment
    Memeorandum
    Political Animal
    Talking Points Memo
    The Carpetbagger Report
    The Huffington Post
    Tapped

    WONKY READS



    WEB WONKY MUSE

    TWITTER UPDATES

    follow me on Twitter



    MISC



    Subscribe with Bloglines

    free hit counter script
    image: le sarcophage des muses, musée du louvre.
    site design: wonky muse.