Instead of marking the beginning of the end of the insurgency in Iraq,
Zarqawi's "death" whether staged or authentic, appears to have marked
a turning point for the worse from which the US will not recover.
new Iraqi government and its American patrons should
have been basking in the glow of a two-week blitz of ["good news."]
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But insurgents have counterattacked, scuffing the sheen of progress.
By week's end al-Maliki's government was forced to declare a state
of emergency and shoo its citizens off Baghdad's streets with two
hours notice after the tenacious insurgency took the offensive Friday along
Haifa Street, just blocks from Iraq's seat of government.
Two days earlier, one of the defense lawyers for Saddam Hussein and
his co-defendants was kidnapped from his home by men wearing Interior
Ministry uniforms and flashing genuine-looking credentials. He was
found slain in Sadr City, Baghdad's Shiite Slum - the third defense
attorney to be murdered since the trial started.
On Tuesday, the bodies of two captured American soldiers were recovered
- beheaded and surrounded by booby traps. And al-Zarqawi's successor,
Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, said he conducted the brutal slayings.
At least 14 other U.S. soldiers or Marines died in combat or insurgent
bombings in a particularly bloody week for the military.
So much for the deadly blow that was allegedly dealt to Al Qaeda by
Zarqawi's "death." Iraq is disintegrating.
Armchair warriors in the White House and in Congress continue to argue that
in theory "staying the course" is better than "cutting
and running." Meanwhile, in fact, our soldiers are dying
by the dozen each week, not to mention dozens of innocent Iraqis.
When will this madness end? How many young lives must be obliterated before
Americans realize that this war is being fought so that a tiny minority
of the world's population can live like kings?
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