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.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Success through ethnic cleansing

About a month ago I talked about this article from McClatchy:
Despite violence drop, officers see bleak future for Iraq
One bright spot has been the reduction in the number of bodies found on the streets, considered a sign of sectarian violence. That number was 44 percent lower in July, compared to December. In July, the average body count per day was 18.6, compared with 33.2 in December, two months before the surge.

But the reason for that decline isn't clear. Some military officers believe that it may be an indication that ethnic cleansing has been completed in many neighborhoods and that there aren’t as many people to kill.

One officer noted that U.S. officials believe Baghdad once had a population that was 65 percent Sunni. The current U.S. estimate is that Shiites now make up 75 percent to 80 percent of the city.
Matt Yglesias notes that General Petraeus took full credit for the reduction in violence and had a pretty chart to prove his point.

Now you will note that all the maps of Baghdad show the same sectarian regions. Matt also found that General Jones had a similar map for his presentation.
You will note that the maps of Baghdad show an evolving picture of the sectarian makeup of Baghdad that reflects the ethnic cleansing is nearly complete.

You can conclude from this that violence should indeed be decreasing as the Sunnis have all been driven out or killed. Is the Bush administrations plan to "stay the course" until all the Sunnis are dead or gone?

Note: You can click on the maps for a larger image.

1 comment:

  1. Actually, Ron, that was a point I made at Unbossed.com on Sept. 10 (while Petraeus was addressing Congress). McClatchy picked up the story the following day, as well as several bloggers, and eventually Matt. I was looking for what Petraeus would say about ethnic/sectarian cleansing because the Pentagon and Bush administration had been downplaying or ignoring it since forever. I'd long ago noted that the remaining violence in Baghdad retreated westward as Sunnis were cleansed in that direction, but found no mention of that fact in the traditional new media.


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