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More Post-Election Carnage In Baghdad

Posted on April 27 2010 12:08 am
John L. Work is a veteran of twenty years of Colorado law enforcement service and a graduate of Cal State Long Beach, B.A. and M.A. He has been a contributor and featured columnist for NewsRealBlog since January of 2010, and a guest columnist for FrontPageMagazine.
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I’m not trying to be a pessimist or anything, but I think you should see the video that’s embedded in Saturday’s L.A. Times report on the latest round of Baghdad bombings (Reuters photo above).  I’m not saying that the Civil War is on again, but I’m just saying you might want to look at this.  Remember the election that was held on March 7th when Ayad Allawi’s party got a plurality of the votes by a margin of two?  You remember.  Everyone was so ecstatic that finally all the Muslim sectarian stuff might be taken out of Iraqi politics.

Yeah.  Well, the latest word following this most recent bombing carnage is that Muqtada al-Sadr – you remember the Mookster, don’t you, from the Civil War? – is thinking about reactivating his Madhi Army to send into Baghdad to protect the Shiite mosques. Now, look, I’m not sure Baghdad’s a war zone again, but it sure looks like a war zone to me.  You check out the Times video and see what you think.  Don’t take my word for it.  I’m just sayin’….

Here’s the L.A.Times story with video by Ned Parker:

“Reporting from Baghdad

Militants launched major bomb attacks in Baghdad and a western province Friday, killing at least 67 people and raising fears that the deaths of the two leaders of Al Qaeda in Iraq would not quell sectarian violence.

Bombs ripped through Shiite Muslim sections of Baghdad after Friday prayers and in western Anbar province, where Sunni Muslims first successfully revolted against Al Qaeda in Iraq four years ago. There were no immediate claims of responsibility, although the coordinated bombings bore the hallmarks of Al Qaeda in Iraq.

A senior aide to Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr told a satellite news channel that the group’s Mahdi Army militia, which has been observing a truce since the end of 2008, would be activated to help guard mosques…”

Because I’m skeptical as to what we’ve really accomplished in Iraq, some may accuse me of not being on board to win this War.  To the contrary, as a retired cop and the son of a WWII combat vet, with a family military history clear back to the American Civil War, I am as hawkish as they come.  We’re fighting for our very existence.  But this nation-building win-their-hearts-and-minds business in Muslim States that don’t want us there just refuses to compute in my mind.  I think Retired Lt. Colonel Allen West has the right idea.

So, the August troop draw-down is still on schedule.  What will our military forces leave behind in Iraq?  Well, I could speculate, but I won’t.  We will just have to wait and see if this political-religious situation stabilizes or if it descends into another full-blown sectarian Civil War when our troops evacuate.

Meanwhile back in Afghanistan……..

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