Civil War Breaking Out In LA?
"But try as the president might, there is no way of avoiding it: bombed out Shiite holy sites, over a hundred Sunnis killed in revenge, including prominent Sunni clerics, armed Shiite militias in the streets, prisoners dragged from jail cells and murdered, more than 90 Sunni mosques attacked. Civil war it is."
If this constitutes civil war, then Arianna must be terrified to live in L.A., which is apparently in the midst of its own civil war. Last year more than 433 residents of Los Angeles were killed in revenge, gunned down in the streets, pulled from their homes and murdered. Have you ever read an Arianna column on this matter? Why doesnt she care? I mean, this is a Blue State for Gods sake! They are supposedly more enlightened, peace-minded, and compassionate than the rest of us.
In fact, since the Iraq War started, (or the 'occupation' as Arianna likes to call it), 2767 people have been murdered in LA, more than the number of soldiers we have lost in the War on Terrorism. Thats an alarming number of murders. Yet, not a peep from Arianna on the Civil War in her own backyard. More people were stampeded to death in Iraq last year than were killed in this latest round of craziness.
Many Democrats who are in favor of withdrawing our troops from Iraq but afraid of getting out in front on the issue had convinced themselves that after small gains were made in the formation of a new Iraqi government, Bush, with an eye on '06, would declare victory and bring the troops home.
Translation: "Elections are coming up and we want to get re-elected. If we oppose the war, we will likely lose our jobs. Even though we claim a majority of the Americans support our views on the war, none of us has the nut-sack to find out for sure. So we would rather say nothing until we are re-elected. We are moral cowards."
Then Arianna throws in a lie:
"After meeting with his Cabinet today, Bush was asked about "the danger of civil war in Iraq" but refused to even address the notion, insisting "the Iraqi people want to live in a democracy."
In fact, the president did address the question. He responded, "understand that this bombing is intended to create civil strife, that the act was an evil act. The destruction of a holy site is a political act intending to create strife. And so I'm pleased with the voices of reason that have spoken out. And we will continue to work with those voices of reason to enable Iraq to continue on the path of a democracy that unites people and doesn't divide them."
That was Bush refusing to even address the notion.
Already, these attacks are tapering off. It doesnt appear to be the civil war that Arianna and her friends had hoped for.