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No Shortage of Messages, or Bloodshed

Posted on Apr 13, 2007

This still, taken from MSNBC’s video report about Thursday’s bombing, shows survivors’ confusion in the haze following the blast.

Iraq’s parliament convened for a special meeting Friday to send a “clear message” of its strength and solidarity to insurgent groups after Thursday’s fatal bombing in a government cafeteria.  An al-Qaida-affiliated alliance called the Islamic State in Iraq has claimed it carried out the attack and sent its own message—via suicide bomber—that the surge isn’t making Baghdad more secure.


The Islamic State in Iraq - which includes a number of Sunni insurgent movements - said it carried out the attacks in a statement posted on an Islamist website.

“A knight from the state of Islam… reached the heart of the Green Zone” and exposed the lies about the security surge in Baghdad, the statement said.

It is impossible to say whether the claim is genuine but one institute which monitors militant websites believes that it is, says the BBC’s Jonathan Charles in Baghdad.

It is also the sort of headline-grabbing attack carried out by the organisation in the past, our correspondent adds.

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Click here to watch Washington Post journalist Sudarsan Raghavan’s eyewitness report of the bombing, posted on

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By Jim Yell, April 14, 2007 at 8:22 am Link to this comment
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I much dislike the Prussian urge to draft citizens into wars started by big business and political arrogance, but if the draft is re-instated and the American People are two to one against the criminal war in Iraq, then perhaps considering the Congressional timidness in dealing with a criminal and out of control Presidency, a draft will finally focus American attention upon the corruption of our government. Perhaps the evil doers in Washington will finally create the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

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By Kol Klink, April 14, 2007 at 5:39 am Link to this comment
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If our current misadministration attempts to institute a draft they will be commiting political suicide and they well know it.
Shrub and Vader dont care but the republican members of the senate and congress certainly do. A draft would mean that they would have to go out and get a real job after the 08 elections.
The Viet Nam draft was initiated early in that ill fated conflict, prior to the American Citizens awareness of how FUBAR the Nam situation was. For Shrub and Vader to go for a draft at this stage of the Iraqi debacle would be insane. There would probably be rioting in the streets and a mass exodus of draft age youngsters to parts unknown. That said, I will not be surprised at any action that the ‘decider’ takes.
I would like to see shrub draft Rove and Vader. They have probably used up all their deferments by now. Vader could see how well his lies would deflect IEDs.

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By Hammo, April 13, 2007 at 2:26 pm Link to this comment

Now insurgents have penetrated the Green Zone. Will the situation in Iraq continue to require more active-duty US Army troops and Marines, more Army reservists, more National Guard members?

If so, a military draft in the US may be coming sooner rather than later. The Bush-Cheney gang is “breaking” the active and reserve components of the Army and a draft could be on the way.

For more on this, see:

“Another view of military waivers: Flexible recruiting avoids draft”  
February 17, 2007

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“Revisiting the Vietnam War era: The draft, casualties and the Kent State shootings”
November 19, 2006

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