Sunday, February 26, 2006

Let's get this straight

Iraq is already in a form of civil war, no matter how many bland salads Laura Ingraham was able to get from the McDonalds in the "Green Zone". But like most civil wars, it has periods of greater intensity than others. For example,

Hundreds of Iraqis are being tortured to death or summarily executed every month in Baghdad alone by death squads working from the Ministry of the Interior, the United Nations' outgoing human rights chief in Iraq has revealed.

John Pace, who left Baghdad two weeks ago, told The Independent on Sunday that up to three-quarters of the corpses stacked in the city's mortuary show evidence of gunshot wounds to the head or injuries caused by drill-bits or burning cigarettes. Much of the killing, he said, was carried out by Shia Muslim groups under the control of the Ministry of the Interior.

It's not everyday that a major shrine gets blown up in an obvious inside-job. But the things that journalist cannot see (because they cannot risk going about and finding out because (duh!) there's a civil war going on) that are indicative of conflict occur everyday.

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