December 19, 2006

Bush's today: Skin cancer and a dangerous Iraq

Today it became public that President Bush's right-hand woman, Laura Bush, was treated for skin cancer on her leg just around Nov. 7. The First Lady had a squamous cell carcinoma removed, the second most common type of skin cancer. It was in very early stages. Reuters story here.

Attacks in Iraq are at a record high, as published today by the Pentagon. Reports Reuters. ,
Attacks in Iraq on U.S.-led forces, local security personnel and civilians have surged 22 percent to record levels, the Pentagon said in its latest quarterly report on Iraq published on Monday.

The report also noted a rise in civilian casualties and said this was directly linked to the rise of sectarian death squads, which were helped by elements of Iraqi forces. ...

The average number of attacks per week rose to 959 in the three months from August 12 to November 10, from 784 in the previous three months, according to figures provided by the Pentagon to accompany the report.

While U.S. commanders have said they continue to battle insurgents and al Qaeda militants, they have identified sectarian violence between Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims as the biggest obstacle to stability in Iraq.

The report said civilian casualties from attacks had risen a further 2 percent over the previous three months and by some 60 percent compared to earlier in the year.

"Death squads predominantly target civilians and the increase in civilian casualties is directly correlated to an increase in death squad activities," the report said. (emphasis mine)
Might it be that U.S. troops in Iraq have little to do with the violence there? Seems so, if the main problem is violence between Shi'ites and Sunnis. This sustains a good argument as why we are there in the first place. These two groups constantly oppress each other and are very violent. Shi'ite and Sunni rule in Iraq should not be the only option to a long-oppressed people.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

They've been vastly underreporting the attacks and civilian deaths in Iraq, Although the word "civil war" is still not official-speak, nothing can be closer to the truth.

In fact, the Baghdad Burning blog has been talking about this since the dubious Iraq election days. When I first read that about two years ago, I was shocked that so much insight about the situation on the ground was never reported in the media. And so, what was simply "fringe ideas" back then is now mainstream news. I wonder how long will it take before Bush wakes up.

Skin cancer can happen to anyone, playing at the beach as a kid with no suntan can cause cancer later in life. I doubt the average person practices such vigilant scanning as those in high public office.

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