Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Just another day in the life and death of Iraq X

This really needs no commentary at all:

Dozens of gunmen went on a chaotic rampage through a mostly Shiite market area in the town of Mahmudiya today, killing at least 48 civilians and injuring scores by firing off assault rifles, heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. Many of the attackers wore the uniforms of Iraqi security forces.

The daylight sectarian massacre increased fears among Iraqis that the country is sliding into full-scale civil war, and prompted a crucial Shiite bloc to storm out of Parliament over the lack of security. The attack and other violence today brought to nearly 100 the number of people killed in two days, marking one of the deadliest periods of the war since the appointment of the new Iraqi government in May. The latest deaths underscored the government’s failure to tamp down on spiraling cycles of sectarian violence that, more and more, are characterized by execution-style reprisal killings.


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  • It's not a civil war only if you define civil war as two lines of uniformed regular troops firing muskets at each other.

    By Blogger Capt. Fogg, at 10:21 AM  

  • Exactly, Capt. We tend to think of a civil war in American terms, that is, as two armies facing each other across a field. What's going on in Iraq is the new kind of civil war.

    By Blogger Michael J.W. Stickings, at 9:53 AM  

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