Violent Surge In Iraq

Remember those people who said things in Iraq were getting better, that perhaps we were "turning a corner?" They were wrong. Yahoo's running an article on a new outbreak of violence across the region:

The Health Ministry said the worst casualties were in Baghdad, where 37 were killed, and in Tal Afar near the Syrian border where 51 people died.

The capital suffered at least seven car bombs, and insurgents fired a dozen mortar bombs or rockets around the so-called Green Zone compound housing Iraq's interim government and the U.S. embassy.

... A U.S. helicopter opened fire on a crowd milling around an abandoned armored vehicle, killing a television journalist reporting from the scene. The U.S. military said its aircraft had been shot at from the crowd.

U.S. troops mounted a major offensive on Thursday in Tal Afar, a suspected haven for foreign fighters about 60 miles from Syria. The military gave no immediate explanation for the heavy death toll there.

Also, three Polish soldiers were killed and we apparently fired on a residential district, killing as many as 10 Iraqis, including women and children. Of course, Condi Rice is a calming voice in this storm of violence:

U.S. national security adviser Condoleezza Rice (news - web sites) said there would "undoubtedly be violence up until the elections and probably even during the elections."

"But it is entirely possible to hold these elections," she told CBS TV, adding President Bush (news - web sites)'s administration was standing by its goal of seeing them held by January.

Of course, January is a good 4 months away, so I guess we can anticipate an extended period of fighting from now until then. Plus, I'm sure fighting won't just end with the elections. Give it another two months afterward, then I'm sure we'll see a downward trend.

Look, I support our troops; I'm sure they do the best with what they're given. But, as if it wasn't obvious before, this is the wrong war and there is no end in sight. I just hope we can limit the civilian and military losses sometime soon, the numbers are growing daily.
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