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Uncivil War

Some of the BushBots have been assailing me lately, claiming that I hysterically overreacted to claims of sectarian violence in Iraq.  Well, welcome to the revolution.

Violence since Wednesday’s bombing of a Shi’ite shrine in Iraq has killed 379 people and wounded 458, the government said in a statement on Tuesday, denying reports that the toll was much higher.

Reprisal attacks on Sunni mosques and other sectarian bloodshed has pushed Iraq to the brink of civil war and officials have been trying to play down the extent of violence.

Suspected al Qaeda militants destroyed the Golden Mosque in Samarra, sparking tit-for-tat reprisals in the gravest crisis since U.S. forces invaded in 2003.

In an unusual statement, issued in English, the office of Prime Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, said media reports that the death toll was well over 1,000 were “inaccurate and exaggerated.”

Okay, so 1,000 people dead over six days.  That’s the beginning of a civil war, folks.  The only thing preventing Iraq from turning into Beirut is the presence of the US military, and I don’t even know how long that will prevent it.

Posted by Lee on 02/28/06 at 08:39 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil • Permalink

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