Bill O'Reilly's counseling end game. William F. Buckley Jr., says the mission has failed. Hillary Clinton is being picketed for siding with George Bush. I'm confused about Iraq; where to turn?
How about Frontline's brutal hour-long piece on the insurgency, titled "The Killers," which helps sort out who's who in the ranks of those responsible for the hundreds of deaths a week? Using intermediaries, the journalists got interviews with the fighters to show how al Qaida in Iraq has muscled former Baathists out of the way and changed the lines of the battle.
Juan Cole's Informed Content, where the University of Michigan professor closely reads the local papers and breaks down the week of sectarian violence that has the ominous look of civil war. He's fond of this NYTimes piece on the role of Shiite clerics in the rising attacks.
On the opposite side of the aisle from Cole, there's Powerline, which recently posted a letter of thanks from the mayor of Tall 'Afar to the U.S. troops which freed the city from the boot of Abu Mousab Al Zarqawi, the Jordanian-born al Qaida leader.
For a view from the streets, there's Healing Iraq, a blog by a dentist reporting on post-Saddam Iraq. He wrote on Friday of:
Fierce streetfighting at my doorstep for the last 3 hours. Rumor in the neighbourhood is that men in black are trying to enter the area. Some armed kids defending the local mosque three blocks away are splattering bullets at everything that moves, and someone in the street was shouting for people to prepare for defending themselves.
Theres supposed to be a curfew, but it doesnt look like it. My net connection is erratic, so Ill try to update again if possible. The news from other areas in Baghdad are horrible. I dont think its being reported anywhere.
And the latest post (Thursday) from Baghdad Burning, written by a young Iraqi woman:
We woke up this morning to news that men wearing Iraqi security uniforms walked in and detonated explosives, damaging the mosque almost beyond repair. Its heart-breaking and terrifying. There has been gunfire all over Baghdad since morning. The streets near our neighborhood were eerily empty and calm but there was a tension that had us all sitting on edge. We heard about problems in areas like Baladiyat where there was some rioting and vandalism, etc. and several mosques in Baghdad were attacked. I think what has everyone most disturbed is the fact that the reaction was so swift, like it was just waiting to happen.
All morning weve been hearing/watching both Shia and Sunni religious figures speak out against the explosions and emphasise that this is what is wanted by the enemies of Iraq- this is what they would like to achieve- divide and conquer. Extreme Shia are blaming extreme Sunnis and Iraq seems to be falling apart at the seams under foreign occupiers and local fanatics.