Will you have a snowy Christmas?
I was thinking we might but I'm looking at the weather predictions for the next few days for my folks (Boston) and I see rain but no snow. :(
I don't have to have snow at Christmas but since I am planning on moving to Hawaii soon, it would be good to have a snowy one before that. It's not like it snows in Hawaii. I said that to Dad on the phone the other day and he pointed out I would probably still be visiting home for Christmas. Duh. Didn't think of that. Even so, I would like snow.
They're not getting snow in Iraq but they did have a blood bath today as over 70 people were killed in Baghdad bombings alone. This is from the Independent of London:
The eruption of widespread violence in Baghdad within hours of the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq is ominous. Children at school and commuters on their way to work were targeted in what looks like a deliberate attempt to foment sectarian tensions. President Obama's claim that US forces were leaving behind "a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq" rings very hollow.
The deal Washington did between the Shia, Sunni and Kurdish sections of the Iraqi population was always uneasy. The danger of its fragmenting, now that the nine-year US occupation is over, is very real. It is unclear who was behind the explosions, but Sunni and Shia have each been quick to blame the other. Either way, it is clear that there are strong forces in the country who have been waiting for this moment to make their move to achieve supremacy.
And they never should have pushed a deal off on the Iraqis, let alone one that allowed Nouri al-Maliki to keep power. And think about that column where the Washington Post's David Ignatius wrote, "I have a copy of a 1985 photograph, culled from the archives of a Beirut newspaper, that shows a circle of Iranian-backed conspirators gathered behind the pilots of the hijacked TWA Flight 847. Some former U.S. officials say the balding man in the front row is Maliki; but even if that's wrong, his own Dawa Party bombed the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait in 1983. A conspiratorial underground was his political education."
And that's who the Obama administration backed for a second term.
Just knowing that the Bush administration had backed Nouri for the first term should have been enough to warn them off of Nouri.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"