Thursday, March 16, 2006

The silver cloud with plaid lining

85 Bodies Found in Baghdad in Sectarian Strife

In some ways, Baghdad seems quiet. Compared with the situation a few months ago, fewer mortar rounds sail into the Green Zone, where the United States Embassy is. Fewer American Humvees growl through the streets. The Iraqi Defense Ministry released figures on Tuesday showing insurgent attacks down 7 percent this past week compared with attacks in the one before.

But beneath those numbers is a pointed violence that may be impossible to control because it cuts right to the heart of Iraq's identity crisis, a long-held rivalry between majority Shiites and minority Sunni Arabs, who ruled with iron sway until the American invasion.

What's your next move Rummy? Ah, of course, more troops.