The image of Israeli tank columns safely ranged on the periphery of Gaza methodically lobbing in round after round of supposedly precision-guided munitions (precision, that is, give or take the odd 25 person civilian family huddled together for the breaking of their Ramadan fast), sent me whistling back to my own time in Sarajevo, after the lifting of the siege there in the wake of the Dayton Accords in late 1995.
The flames of conflict may be out, but parts of the country continue to glow as a legacy of violence remains with survivors of a sectarian dispute that lasted almost three decades and killed about 3,600 people.
Multiple attacks in Iraq on Tuesday claimed dozens of lives as that country's internal conflict heats up. The U.N. says 1,861 people were killed by violence in July and August.
The Guardian and BBC Arabic are reporting that the U.S. helped fund and organize a network of torture centers that fueled Iraq's sectarian violence.
Iyad Allawi, whose Iraqiya Party won the most seats in Iraq's recent election, says sectarian violence could overtake Iraq, the region and even "the world at large" if the opposition continues to try to undermine his victory and establish a Shiite-dominated parliament.
Multiple suicide bombings in Baghdad and Kirkuk in the north killed more than 50 Iraqis on Monday. The bombers in the capital targeted Shiite pilgrims. More than 200 were wounded in the two cities. News of the attacks came on the heels of a spate of bombings around the world.