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Mass Casualties in Baghdad Blasts

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Posted on Apr 18, 2007

Wednesday brought further tragic evidence that the surge isn’t working to secure Iraq:  As many as 200 people were killed in a series of explosions in Baghdad.  The worst of the bombings took place at a crowded market in the Sadriya district that was being reconstructed after a blast in February that claimed 130 lives.


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Nearly 200 people have been killed in a string of attacks in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad—the worst day of violence since a [new] U.S. security operation began.

In one of the deadliest attacks of the last four years, some 140 people were killed in a car bombing in a food market in Sadriya district.

A witness said the area had been turned into “a swimming pool of blood.”

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By detectivediana, April 19, 2007 at 8:33 pm Link to this comment

If that speech was written for him, then I wonder if he actually feels any compassion for those affected by the tragedy at Virginia Tech. Or for anything tragic that has occurred.

I really hope this war stops soon. That, along with the genocides, the humanitarian crises, and the poverty in the world, among other things… they all wear me out. And I’m sure that goes for many others as well.

I hope peace is on its way.

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By enemy of the people, April 19, 2007 at 5:33 pm Link to this comment

Yer doin’ a heck of a job, shrubbie!!

Do any of you 28&#xrs; have any feelings regarding this situation or do you think your butt boy is still “doin’ a heck of a job”?

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By Tom Doff, April 19, 2007 at 4:16 pm Link to this comment
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FrostedFlakes, just a suggestion, you might want to consider referring to THE DUMMY as George ‘Sadim’ Bush (‘Sadim’ is midas in reverse), since everything he touches turns to sh*t.

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By QuyTran, April 19, 2007 at 3:31 pm Link to this comment

The Iraqis pay too high to buy democrary selling by Bush/Cheney ans Co.

Iraq now really wants President Hussein to revive to save his nation.

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 19, 2007 at 2:44 pm Link to this comment

#65020 by vet240 on 4/19 at 12:53 pm - “...This kind of war has been used for thousands of years and has been very effective against a superior forces….”

Counter-insurgency warfare requires winning the “hearts and minds” of the local population. The US lost that chance in the first Gulf war by not following through and capturing Saddam then. Now, they are fighting the same people who were in the underground resistance against Saddam!

They had a brief windowof opportunity in the second invasion but that ended when the regime fell and Saddam was captured. The US then over-stayed its welcome. Who is paying???

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By Bukko in Australia, April 19, 2007 at 1:57 pm Link to this comment

Dennis, a sidebar to your comment. At my hospital, we have a 30-something Iraqi refugee named Samira working as a housekeeper. On Wednesday at 0600, she was making the morning rubbish bin rounds and “Good Morning America” was playing a segment on the Vigrinia Tech shootings. (It’s so weird how the Aussie networks broadcast the U.S. sunrise shows because they don’t produce enough local programmes to fill the pre-dawn airtime.)

Samira asked me if I had heard about the incident. As the token Yank where I work, I get all the “What’s wrong with America?” questions. I said yes, and expressed regret at the insanity of it all. She replied “That is not one day in my country” meaning the episode didn’t equal a single day’s killings. And Iraq has multiple Virgina Techs every day of the year…

When I hear about these car bombs going off, it makes me wonder—is this being done BY U.S. FORCES to stoke the sectarian warfare? I’m so paranoid, due to the Cheney Death Cult’s track record of evil, that it wouldn’t surprise me. All the better to keep Sunni and Shiite at each others’ throats and away from American soldiers’.

I say U.S. “forces” because I don’t suspect that any regular military commander would do something so evil. But with all these spooky mercenaries in Iraq, I will not be surprised if they start writing books about how they did murderous black ops like car bombings. This latest one was in a parked car, not a suicide bomber like al Qaeda uses. Funny how that, and others like it, have been getting through the “surge”. But who would halt a mercenary?

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By vet240, April 19, 2007 at 1:53 pm Link to this comment
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For MadCain to characterize these kind of attacks as a bunch of “suicide bombers and an occasional mortar attack”, implying that they are just nuisance actions is idiocy.

This kind of war has been used for thousands of years and has been very effective against a superior forces.

C’mon MadCain, were’nt you in the military? Aren’t you an expert military strategist?

If you were you’de admit you can’t win against or kill an idea.

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By Frostedflakes, April 19, 2007 at 7:41 am Link to this comment

George “Anti-Midas” Bush and John “Where am I?” McCain believe that this is proof that the surge is working. How else would over 200 people be out shopping if their neighborhood wasn’t safer. Stop the surge and impeach Bush and Cheney!!!!

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 19, 2007 at 6:52 am Link to this comment

I think the message is “GO HOME YANKEE!”

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By DennisD, April 18, 2007 at 8:30 pm Link to this comment
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As tragic as the killings were at Virginia Tech, it isn’t even an average days body count in Iraq. Not that most Americans give a shit when there so much celebrity news to dote over in between commercials. We have the pathetic, detached leadership we deserve.

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By bobnkije, April 18, 2007 at 2:33 pm Link to this comment

Let me see if I’ve got this straight:  If there are more deaths the surge is working because its causing the insurgents to try harder to fight our presence.  If there are fewer attacks the surge is working because of the increased security allowed by the surge.  So this really is wonderland and anyway you look at the surge is working.  Great I’m sure the wounded and dead are encouraged.

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By Leefeller, April 18, 2007 at 2:22 pm Link to this comment
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The surge is working, Bush and Company will turn this around as usual by saying the increase in bombing activity proves the surge is working.  Bet the guy driving around the county in the BS Express,  is already on top of it.

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By Tom Doff, April 18, 2007 at 12:50 pm Link to this comment
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Now THAT’S progress!

157 killed, when at the last bombing at the same place only 120 were killed, in February.

Can’t wait to see the June bombing event at the market.

Boy, is Bush gonna be crowing about this, and Cheney, too, though his ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ is caused by exploding IED’s and suicide bombers.

The surge of deaths is working!

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By Blueyes, April 18, 2007 at 12:16 pm Link to this comment
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I would hope that by now, most people in the US recognize that there is no such thing as a “war on terror” and will really research what the candidates in ‘08 stand for.  The ONLY candidate that I believe to actually stand for the people is Dennis Kucinich. 

With that said, I would also hope that the term “victory”, in its application to the war in Iraq, is only understood to mean ownership and security of Iraq’s oil wealth.  We will never leave Iraq so long as there is the threat of an insurgency damaging, or even worse, seizing control of, Big Oil’s soon-to-be-owned asset. 

Next will be Iran.  They simply cannot be expected to comply with corporate America’s dictates.  They will never, under the rule of the Islamic Republic, be the puppets of American Oil interests. 

“We the People” lost the real war definitively the day George W. Bush was deemed president by the Supreme Court.  The damage has now been done and “WE” are all shackled to our morgages, jobs, student loan payments, utility bills, and soaring food costs - so much so, that we can’t even muster a meaningful protest.  But then again, so many in this country are more worried about who a dead bimbo’s baby’s daddy is, where Britney went to today, or what level of outrage is appropriate in response to Imus - F’ing IMUS!!!

In the mean time, “WE” live in our soap opera fantasy world of blind patriotism, fueled by corporate news, where statements about events are made but reasons for their cause are never provided, and reporters are used as the carrier pigeons of government propaganda.  Now that they realize just how many people can see their agenda through their lies, they want to supress blogging and take away the internet.

The corporate interests served by this administration, have been secured and strengthened to the extent that there is little to nothing that can be done - save a men of incredulous strength and moral clarity are (somehow)elected. 

In the immortal words of the great American Idol herself…“I think we should trust our president in whatever he does”. ~ Britney Spears ~  God, the state of this country is depressing.

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By dale Headley, April 18, 2007 at 10:53 am Link to this comment
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Now that George Bush has delivered the speech written for him to express his compassion over 32 dead Americans at Virginia Tech, he should go to Baghdad University to express the same compassion for the hundreds of thousands who have died - and continue to die every day - in Iraq.  He won’t of course, because HE is the one responsible for those deaths.

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