Saturday, September 02, 2006

Admit The Obvious

The Pentagon released a new report on Iraq that clearly shows the country in the midst of civil war. However, in a bizarre twist, the Pentagon offers the disturbing data, but still can't admit the obvious:
"Conditions that could lead to civil war exist in Iraq," it said, while maintaining that civil war can still be prevented

From the Pentagon's own report:
Executions, kidnappings and other sectarian attacks targeting Iraqi civilians have soared over the past three months, contributing to a 51 percent rise in casualties among the population and Iraqi security forces, the report said. More than 3,000 Iraqis are killed or wounded each month, and by July, 2,000 of the casualties were the result of sectarian incidents, it showed...

Overall, the number of weekly attacks in Iraq escalated to nearly 800, the highest level since the Pentagon began gathering the statistics in April 2004...

In a grim revelation, the report cited the Baghdad coroner's office stating that it received 1,600 bodies in June and more than 1,800 in July, of which 90 percent were assessed to be the result of executions.

Moreover, the report said, the revenge killings perpetrated by Sunni and Shiite death squads are spreading outside the Iraqi capital into the far reaches of the country, from Basra in the south to Mosul and Kirkuk in the north...

What would you call it?

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