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Thursday, March 29, 2007


Tragic irony

George Bush, yesterday:
I want to share with you how two Iraqi bloggers -- they have bloggers in Baghdad, just like we've got here -- (laughter) -- "Displaced families are returning home, marketplaces are seeing more activity, stores that were long shuttered are now reopening. We feel safer about moving in the city now.
Also yesterday, but not reported until today, some of that "activity" in the marketplaces:
Suicide bombers killed nearly 130 people in a crowded market in a Shi'ite district of Baghdad and a mainly Shi'ite town on Thursday, one of the bloodiest days in Iraq in months.
And believe me, this post has nothing whatsoever to do with schadenfreude. I take no pleasure whatsoever in Bush's making a fool of himself, much less any pleasure in the needless death of 130 people, any more than in the deaths of the previous three-quarters of a million (more or less) Iraqis who have died, or the lesser numbers of Americans and others. The entire affair is a tragedy of the first order.

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