Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The consequences of war...

An Iraqi father carries his injured son to a hospital in Baqouba, 60 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of Baghdad, Iraq, on Sunday. An unidentified gunman sprayed bullets from his car in a residential colony in Baqouba and sped away, injuring six. Elsewhere, mortars slammed into a crowded Baghdad neighborhood on Sunday, killing at least nine civilians and injuring 43, police said. (Photo: Mohammed Adan / AP


I have not commented much on the Iraq war on this blog. This is partly because of my own lack of objectivity as a result of strong anti-war feelings.

I continue to believe that the invasion of Iraq was one of the worst foreign policy decisions in the history of the United States. So much suffering for what? Over 100,000 dead. Saddam may have been a bad guy but was he that bad? He was ruthless but at least he provided some kind of stability. Looks like he may be replaced by a 30-year old cleric who wants to kick out the Americans. Bringing our troops home is becoming more complicated every day.

Wolcott has this insightful post on the unfolding debacle. If you want to get a sense of what it is really like in Baghdad right now you might check out this post at Riverbend.


CNN is reporting serious casualties today as Iraq seems to be on the brink of civil war.

Update #2

The Baghdad main morgue is reporting that more than 1300 have been killed in the last few days. This according to a story in the Washington Post.