And now what, Iraq?

Only four days have passed this week and already over 100 Iraqis have been killed in violent explosions racking the country. Those in the know finger Al Quaeda and other Sunni extremist groups as the culprits. They aim to make the country unstable and trigger violent reactions from their targets. It looks like the Shia, however, aren’t biting.

Previously insurgents had focused on the Shia, but they are increasingly turning the other cheek. “Let them kill us,” Sheikh Khudair al-Allawi, the imam of a mosque that was bombed recently, told the New York Times. “It’s a waste of their time.” The insurgents have taken note and are switching to the Kurds.

Iraqui Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki, is up for re-election in 2010. Ever since the bombings started in earnest he, and the Americans, have been having trouble staying optimistic enough to keep their man in office. Iraquis want safety and if they believe al-Maliki cannot provide it they will look for it elsewhere. Coming from a place of fear, the prospect of future disaster in Iraq looms much larger.

Bombs in Iraq- Another Bloody Mess, The Economist

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