This from the Associated Press and The Guardian:
The latest insurgent attacks were part of a surge in violence that has killed more than 270 people - many of them Iraqi soldiers and police - since Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari announced his new government April 28.
**GOI Comment: These numbers are staggering and numbing but we must not loose grasp and concern over their meaning. Despite these numbers the "peanut gallery" of retired generals were "beating the dead horse" that everything is going "swimingly" in Iraq.
CNN's sunday program, "Late Edition" had two ex-U.S. Generals saying how well things were going in Iraq despite the 200 some lives lost in since April 28th. I wonder if the Iraqi's feel the same way. I'm sure that if more then 270 Americans were killed since April 28 that there would be some NO QUESTION that things in America were not "all right."
Most of those killer were soldiers and police men. Americans freak out when one police officer dies in a YEAR! Let alone some 270 in roughly TWO WEEKS!!
In other news, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi aide Ammar al-Zubaydi has been captured by Iraqi security forces in Iraq, the U.S. military said Sunday. Another Zarqawi aide caputred on April 26th helped U.S. soldiers capture 54 insurgents near the Syrian border on sunday.
Also, Pakistani officers have captured a top al-Qaeda official by the name of Abu Farraj al-Libbi.
This captures are great news, however, they will not end the struggle against Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. It is like killing one or two cockroaches and hoping you killed the infestation. You have to keep at it until you can kill off the nest and the breeding grounds.
Al-Qaeda is such an organization that it will always have enough angry, anti-American young Muslim men to fill it's ranks. Especially while America has a strong presence in Iraq and other Middle-Eastern countries. Not to mention as long as America overly supports Israel to the undermining of Palestian concerns and cause.
I'm not saying that we shouldn't do anything but American's need to recognize the amazing amount of suffering that Iraqi's are going through in this process. This "transition" is not going "easily" and the capture of one or two top guys is not any reason to celebrate and beat our chests as if we have defeated terrorism once and for all.
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