Sunday, July 16, 2006

The Forgotten War

Least this become the forgotten war:
At Least 31 Seized at Iraq Olympic Meeting
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Gunmen kidnapped the chairman of Iraq's Olympic committee and at least 30 others Saturday in a brazen daylight raid on a sports conference in the heart of Baghdad. Armed clashes erupted elsewhere across the capital.

Parliament extended the national state of emergency as at least 27 people _ including two American soldiers _ were killed in sectarian or insurgency-related violence.
Let's see, two Israeli soldiers "kidnapped" (actually, they were in a HumVee that was not covered by supporting fire and they were captured by Hezbollah) and it could ignite World War III. At the same time 27 are killed in Iraq and 30 kidnapped, with the chance that they will be brutally murdered in an execution style as has become common.

Somehow, the world has gone crazy. Did not the world go crazy in 1914? About this time too (see Tuchman's "The Guns of August.")

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