via The Independent (i.e. short-lived link!) comes a brutal look at the chaos we've created in Iraq:
Iraq is rending itself apart. The signs of collapse are everywhere. In Baghdad, the police often pick up more than 100 tortured and mutilated bodies in a single day. Government ministries make war on each other.
A new and ominous stage in the disintegration of the Iraqi state came earlier this month when police commandos from the Shia-controlled Interior Ministry kidnapped 150 people from the Sunni-run Higher Education Ministry in the heart of Baghdad.
Iraq may be getting close to what Americans call "the Saigon moment", the time when it becomes evident to all that the government is expiring. "They say that the killings and kidnappings are being carried out by men in police uniforms and with police vehicles," the Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said to me with a despairing laugh this summer. "But everybody in Baghdad knows that the killers and kidnappers are real policemen."
It is getting worse.
All you really need is that last statement.
IT IS GETTING WORSE AS WE "STAY THE COURSE."
We all know that there hasn't been any change in the "strategery" set forth by W et al since the war was won 3+ years ago and this is what we're dealing with in the occupation of Iraq now.
Time to leave.
If for no other reason than this:
Britain said Monday it expects to withdraw thousands of its 7,000 military personnel from Iraq by the end of next year, while Poland and Italy announced the impending withdrawal of their remaining troops.
Polish President Lech Kaczynski said his country, a US ally in Iraq and Afghanistan, would pull its remaining 900 soldiers out of Iraq by the end of 2007. And Italian Premier Romano Prodi said the last of Italy's soldiers in Iraq some 60-70 troops will return home this week, ending the Italian contingent's presence in the south of the country after more than three years.
That would be W's "coalition" seeking higher ground from the flood of insanity gripping Iraq.
It would be nice to see this number stop growing, after all:
As of Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006, at least 2,875 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 2,303 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
There's no prize awaiting the family of KIA #3,000, folks. There's just going to be another empty chair at the table and more heartache than I've ever experienced in my 39 years.
Will it be a father? A mother? A favorite uncle?
Seriously, someone explain to me why these people had to die.
Get us the hell out of Iraq.
Have as good a day as possible,