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Thursday, June 09, 2005

Bush's Three Ring Circus

Iraq, Afghanistan and . . . ? OK, The Peach hasn't come up with the third ring just yet, but there are lots of possibilities. In any event, the existing two rings of activity are "circus-like" enough to keep Americans both amazed and bewildered.

Consider this most recent report. Apparently, a number of private American security guards are under investigation for, now get this, shooting at American marines and Iraqi civilians. There were no casualties in the incidents and the suspected contractors were held in a military jail for three days. The contractors have since left the country.

The Peach sees this as another sign of "Little Boots" Bush's Iraq/Afghanistan agenda unraveling. Only pity and sympathy can be felt for the Iraqi citizens and American forces under the control of such an inept circus barker.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Inching Towards Civil War

In yet another sign that "Little Boots" Bush's vision of democracy is deteriorating into civil war, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani voiced support for Shiite militias that have been accused of killing Sunni followers and clerics.

Since the Shiite and Kurdish dominated government took over more than 870 Iraqis have been killed by suspected Sunni insurgents. During that time, both Sunni and Shiite clerics have been killed in revenge attacks.

A spokesperson for the Association of Muslim Scholars said Talabani's actions and comments were consistent with "U.S. policies to prolong the struggle in Iraq and turn it into an Iraq-Iraq conflict." He went on to accuse the Shiite militias counterinsurgent crackdowns as being "heavy-handed" and targeting mainly Sunnis.

Adding to the potential for an all-out violent eruption, the U.S. military has exempted many Shiite and Kurdish militias from disbanding because they supported military efforts in the war against Saddam.

Just another example of things gone bad in Iraq.