Today has been relatively calm in Baghdad - so far. There were 30 killed and 48 wounded this morning in Hurriya, a Sunni neighborhood, apparently in retaliation for the attack on the Health Ministry. Today's fighting was so intense that neither the police force nor the army in Baghdad felt strong enough to intervene. Fighting continued unabated until the U.S. army took control.
In Tal Afar 22 were killed and 30 were wounded today.
In the province of Anbar, a fighting between more and less secular Sunnis continued to increase.
Reading these figures just reignites my fury at Powerline's constant distortions. In my post yesterday I railed against their lies, and I referred to a piece of theirs which called it unfair to characterize the situation in Iraq as a bloodbath, and said that while it is violent, it is not "comparable to a civil war."
Of course just over a year ago, according to Powerline, there was a "rebellion that has broken out." The capital city was "Burning." It was described as "up in flames." On November 7 of last year, Powerline entitled a post "Civil War in Eurabia" - the title of the next day's post clarified that to commenting on "Civil War in France."
On November 9 they wrote that "the statistics are still grim, and some of the recent attacks are among the worst." It was in this same post that they felt the need to characterize the situation as "the rebellion that has broken out in France."
But on that "grim" day Powerline noted that "No one was hurt." And the attacks that were "among the worst?" They were attacks on parked cars. In total two people in France died as a result of that "Civil War," and of course one of those was the victim of a heart attack.
I leave it to the good folks at Powerline to do the math and compare the frequency of car attacks in Paris, Baghdad, Philadelphia and DC for November of '05. I will not not leave it them to redefine words at their will - to deny that there is now a bloodbath in Baghdad and that Iraq in anything but a disaster.