Mood: accident prone
NOTHING IS WRONG!!
Not that anything is going terribly wrong in Iraq, mind you, we just expect more violence on the "run up" to the "turn-over" of sovereignty to Iraqis on June 30th.
So, the massive car bombing in the heart of Baghdad on Thursday which killed 41 people and wounded 138, folks mainly waiting to sign up for the new Iraqi army, was just another attempt by terrorists, (naturally) to prevent the Iraqi people from being liberated by George Bush; and we say bring `em on! (Damn it!)
The new Iraqi leadership is really stepping up to plate, though, and showing their true democratic colors. The Interior minister, who was appointed totally independent of U.S. interference, says he "won't hesitate" to declare martial law if the attacks continue.
The newly appointed defense minister, Hazim al-Shalaan, in response to the attack (and his new sense of power) says, "We will chase them from house to house, we will limit them, we will cut off their hands and we will behead them."
An unnamed U.S. official commenting on the "martial law" comment of the Interior minister said, "There's got to be a period of stepping back...there are going to have to be a lot of Iraqi solutions to the problems and they aren't necessarily the solutions we would have used."
Hmmm...sounds like the very liberal attitude the Reagan administration took on the uniquely "Iraqi solutions" Saddam's regime applied to his Iranian and Kurdish problem in the 80's.
Can you say "Operation Bug Out?"