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Saturday, July 22, 2006

The logic of madness

U.S. Moves More Troops Into Baghdad

Published: July 22, 2006

The Supreme National Committee for Reconciliation and National Dialogue convened behind the blast walls and barbed wire of the Green Zone in Baghdad.

After the meeting, al-Maliki, a Shiite, told reporters that despite his proposal for amnesty for some insurgents, ''all those whose hands were tainted with blood should be brought to justice.''

But the Sunni speaker of parliament, Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, said ''if we punish a person who killed an American soldier, who is an occupier, we should punish the American soldiers who killed an Iraqi who fought against occupation.''

-- A curfew was imposed on Samarra after a bodyguard of the city council chairman detonated an explosives belt, injuring the chairman and another security officer.

-- In the northern city of Mosul, gunmen attacked a joint U.S.-Iraqi base with rocket-propelled grenades and mortar fire. A suicide car bombing followed, but nobody was hurt, said police Lt. Col. Abdul-Karim Khalaf.

Baghdad recorded an average of 34 major bombings and shootings for the week ending July 13, the U.S. military said. That was up 40 percent from the previous period last month.

Notice how we read this, like it was describing a world where there was the slightest shred of common sense. Fortunately, nobody was hurt in the suicide bombing. This insanity will never end, not in our lifetimes, at least. And certainly not before the last US troops leave "Iraq".

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