I put Middle Earth Journal in hiatus in May of 2008 and moved to Newshoggers.
I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

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The Scooter Libby verdict and US Attorney Gate have done one good thing for the Bush/Cheney cabal, it has taken attention off of the meat grinder in Mesopotamia. A quick scan of memeorandum shows one article on Iraq - something from the Opinion Journal claiming the surge is working because the liquor stores in Baghdad are open. Well how about a little reality check?
Suicide bomber kills 30; 3 soldiers die
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A suicide attacker blew himself up in a cafe northeast of the capital Wednesday, killing 30 people and wounding dozens, and a powerful bomb killed three American soldiers trying to clear explosives from a highway near Baghdad.

The deadly assaults occurred as Iraqi security forces struggled to protect more than 1 million Shiite pilgrims streaming toward the holy city of Karbala for annual religious rituals — and facing a string of attacks along the way that have claimed more than 150 lives in two days.

They included 22 people — 12 police commandos and 10 civilians — who died Wednesday in a car bombing at a checkpoint in southern Baghdad set up to protect pilgrims, the U.S. military said. An Iraqi TV cameraman working for a Shiite-owned station was among the civilian dead, his station said.

One American soldier was wounded in the attack on the bombing-clearing team on a major highway just north of the capital, the U.S. military said. The names of the victims were withheld until their families are notified.
How much longer will the Shiite militias remain quite with the Sunnis continuing their reign of terror. Yes, Iraq may be off the front page but it's still a meat grinder and quagmire of death.

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