Friday, November 24, 2006

A Time to Celebrate & A Time to Mourn

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and continues to enjoy the holiday weekend. As it was our newest addition's first Thanksgiving, we had a lot of fun with our 3 kids spending a relatively quiet day with lots of good food at my dad's house.

But I can't help but bring the mood down with my post today because I was bummed after hearing the latest from Iraq. I just don't see the long-promised light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, it seems to be getting worse. Here's hoping President Bush takes the recommendations of the Baker-Hamilton Commission seriously.

Anyway, in reading this account of the latest horrific events in Iraq's unfolding civil war, note the following statments: "as Iraqi soldiers stood by" and until "American forces arrived." As Colin Powell once warned the president, "If you break it, you own it." We do indeed.

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Militiamen grabbed six Sunnis as they left Friday worship services, doused them with kerosene and burned them alive as Iraqi soldiers stood by, and seven Sunni mosques came under attack as Shiites took revenge for the slaughter of 215 people in the Sadr City slum.

With the government trying to avert a civil war, two simultaneous bombings in Tal Afar, in northern Iraq, killed at least 23 people. On Thursday, Sunni-Arab insurgents unleashed bombings and mortar attacks in Sadr City, the deadliest assault since the U.S.-led invasion.

Members of the Mahdi Army militia burned four mosques and several homes while killing 12 other Sunni residents in the once-mixed Hurriyah neighborhood until American forces arrived, said police Capt. Jamil Hussein.


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