Empty Days

Tuesday, April 06, 2004



That's what I wake up to: Fighting on two fronts in Iraq since weekend kills 100 Iraqis, 20 Americans

''Insurgents usually fire and run. This time they're digging in, which is the first time we've seen them do that,'' Ebert said.

A U.S. official in Washington, speaking on condition of anonymity, said all American officials in Iraq, including those working for the Coalition Provisional Authority, had been told to remain inside their compounds since Monday because of security worries. It was not clear how long the rule would remained in place.

It's a long and detailed article of many fights across Iraq including Brits and Italians in the South. This is an uprising. What else do you need to know?

Meanwhile, Bremer keeps churning out the usual CPA drivel:
Top U.S. administrator L. Paul Bremer conceded not all was going smoothly as the coalition approached a June 30 handover of sovereignty to the Iraqis. Bremer canceled a trip to Washington this week because of the mounting violence.

''We have problems, there's no hiding that. But basically Iraq is on track to realize the kind of Iraq that Iraqis want and Americans want, which is a democratic Iraq,'' Bremer said on ABC's ''Good Morning America.''
Right. It will probably take about a week of "insurgents digging in" to wipe this line out of his speeches for good.

Meanwhile pro-war bloggers keep congratulating themselves on how valliantly the US troops fight and how soon they will crush down these "minority speciality groups" etc. Right. It doesn't even occur to them that a vast climate of suspicion is what generates insurgency in the first place - and they have no solution for that except more and more military crack-down. What an old hopeless story.





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