Sadr City

What a mess. Leaders of all three sects are calling for calm, but we’ll see what happens here. Hammarabi is expecting further revenge killings now along with a call to oust the government that is not protecting the people there.

Once again this indicates the failure of the government and the occupying forces to provide the simplest kind of the security. It is not a war between militias and others but it may be just the beginning of a civil war that is going to happen openly and on a large scale may be soon.

While searching for more information on this round of violence I found this by Alaa written on the 12th of November that was worth a read.

The only thing that America is guilty of is that of underestimating the viciousness of the enemy, and not so much his military capability; because the enemy’s weapon is not so much military prowess, but evil and viciousness. He specializes in hitting below the belt. He has no rules and no scruples, and will stop at nothing. He is absolutely devoid of any kind of human feeling. To think that you can reason with him or somehow accommodate his wishes and desires is absolute folly and suicide. This was clearly illustrated lately in Iraq when all kinds of overtures and approaches were made in forlorn hopes of appeasing him. This only resulted in boosting his morale and appetite for murder and violence. America seems to have become confused and loosing sight of the fundamentals of the issue and even who the real enemy is. Of course this was aided by a massive propaganda assault aimed directly at the American public from abroad and from within. Yet this is absolutely not a partisan issue. It is tragic that this matter is used for partisan purposes and for electoral considerations. When the ship of state starts sinking, it will take down everybody with it. You ask us Iraqis about this. And this is war, my friends. You can’t have half wars. In war you just have to go all the way. You either win or lose, and if you lose you are lost. In no other situation is this more true than this our war.

Democrat or republican, America has no option but to find a way to win this war. All real Americans must be as sure of that as all real Iraqis.

Man, I hope so.

Friday Links

David Ignatius reminding Arabs that it’s really up to them to fix things in the Middle East. We can’t do it for them.
The sad part? He implies that the UN will be there to guide them. HA!

Any leader or nation who aspires to play a constructive role in the region’s future must embrace this idea of legal accountability. That is what the United Nations insisted this week, with a unanimous Security Council resolution demanding that the murderers be brought to justice.

As we say around here. BFD.
Mr. Ignatius needs to return to his premise because it will never be up to the UN to fix the Middle East.

John Podhoretz has the first post election analysis that makes sense to me. Democrats came out and voted this year. Karl Rove taught them that little trick. Frankly, I find it more refreshing than the whining about “stolen elections”.