Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
News From the Non-Civil War
Glad we're still "on the brink":
The Washington Post leads with a near-banner headline announcing that "more than" 1,300 Iraqis have been killed since last week's attack on a Shiite shrine. The WP got the number, which is about four times more than has been widely reported, from a visit to Baghdad's main morgue.


As everybody notes, there seemed to be much less killing yesterday. But isn't it also worth noting that much of the violence isn't the type that's usually reported right away? Open street-fighting and bombings are easy to spot. With late-night abductions and executions, it's hard to know they've happened ... until of course the bodies turn up at the morgue.
A stealth civil war?

In other news, you can go here and here and here and here and here and here and here for further proof that the we've gone well over the brink. And of course, the regional affect is here.