Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Nothing Civil about War

It's a good thing President/Dead Zone Resident Bush can get a feel for a nation by looking deep into its leader's eyes and then skedaddling, because Iraq just doesn't seem to be the place to hang out much more than five hours. This morning we learned that a third defense lawyer for Saddam Hussein was assassinated, which begs the question, "What's the cut-off percentage of remaining defense team lawyers before he gets a mistrial?"

Then later today we get this almost incomprehensible news:

More than 100 employees of Iraq's ministry of industry were kidnapped by gunmen north of Baghdad as they left work in a brazen reminder of the country's dire security situation.

Workers at the Hateen and Nasr factories in the restive town of Taji, north of Baghdad, were ambushed and abducted by at least 50 gunmen who had arrived in five minibuses, a security source told AFP.

Kidnappers swoop in on mini-buses, I guess so they can use the more convenient bus loading zone.

We've done good in that country, haven't we?

Look, get around all the "cut and run" versus "die and lie" bumper-sticker rhetoric and admit this: Whatever we're doing now isn't working. Bold measures have to be taken. And all we're left with to hash it out is Republicans and Democrats. If nothing else we've managed to show the world that living under a miserable dictator might not be the worst thing that can happen to a country.


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