Invasion of Iraq, a victory or total failure?
December 26, 2006 5:22am CST
Every day we hear that there was a bomb explosion or something else happened line civil war or clashes between shia and sunni. Today Fifteen killed in Baghdad bombs, At least 15 people have been killed and 60 wounded in a triple car bomb attack in the south-west of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, officials say. The attack on a busy market street in the Bayaa district was severe, even by Iraqi standards, says a BBC correspondent in the capital. It is not clear who was targeted, but almost all the victims were civilians. Earlier three US soldiers had been killed in more bombings just outside Baghdad. Then as shoppers milled about in the late-morning sunshine a car exploded. As rescuers rushed to help the victims, a second and then a third bomb went off. In the east of the city, an improvised explosive device exploded near a Sunni shrine. Again, as police and emergency services rushed in, two more bombs exploded killing one police officer and wounding nine more. In the city of Basra in southern Iraq, the council has said it is withdrawing its co-operation with the UK military in the area in protest at a raid on a police headquarters in Basra. On Monday, 10 civilians were killed and 11 injured by a car bomb in a shopping area in Baghdad. In a separate attack, a suicide bomber killed at least two people and injured about 20 other passengers on a mini-bus. A fourth US soldier was wounded in the attack outside the capital, the military said. The total number of US military deaths in Iraq is said to have reached 2,972 since the US-led invasion of the country in 2003, according to Pentagon figures. Many commentators believe this to be a symbolic milestone, as it is close to exceeding the number of people who were killed in the 9/11 attacks - 2,973. Those attacks launched the Bush administration's so-called war on terror.
• New Zealand
22 Jan 07
During the Vietnam war 58,193 US casualties were reported. See http://www.archives.go/research/vietnam-war/casualty-statistics.html We are looking at less than 3000 US casualties in Iraq. In the larger scheme or things, the number of casualties are trivial. Compare the following figures: Asian Tsunami: 275,000 North Ireland : 8.500 Only to name a few. This needless loss of lives in Iraq is a consequence of adventurism on the part of the US and her consortium of allies. George W and his crony schoolboy Blair should have let a multinational force, spearheaded by the United Nations deal with the issues in Iraq. However they took the law into their own hands. Now George W is like a monkey holding the tail of a tiger. He cannot let go, nor can he do anything constructive with the tiger he has caught. Withdrawing unilaterally would create a vaccuum in the country that will potentially escalate into a civil war. The US needs to see their commitment through, or at least get the United Nations (after they pay up their past due obligations) involved in the solution. Either way, it is quite a dilemma.
21 Jan 07
First of all i want to express my beliefs that the war never should have happend1 its all a big smoke screen to cover up the failure of the Osama Bin Laden capture. And it didn't get any better when they never even found any of the weapons the feared so mush! The funniest most scariest part of this is that almost nobody in media or other pipelines. Expressed the most obvious thing of them all. Iraq is about 7,000 miles away from the US border! They wouldn't even be close to have a missile that could reach that far! and even if they did! the US satellites and defence system would shoot it down before it reached the Atlantic! So what's the purpose of defending a country that can't be attacked, at least not by Iraq, Nor the North Korea. And sure as hell that Vietnam didn't have the capability to even get close to the US border! Despite all of this the US government still argues that they're doing this to defend America! BS! it's all about the Money, what are happening in Iraq right now? Several US companies are ”rebuilding” Iraq. No the reason to be franc is to spread McDonalds and Coca cola the the third world! The US needs to get in touch with the real world!