A horrific series of blasts today in Baghdad has killed at least 170 people. Yesterday 85 people were killed or found dead across Iraq and our soldiers continue to die at the highest rate per day since the war began. Considering these numbers, what happened at VA Tech would be a daily occurrence in Iraq. Do we care? Iraqis are people too. Speaking of professors, 232 university professors were killed and 56 were reported missing in Iraq, while more than 3,000 others had left the country after the 2003 invasion. Speaking of Universities... in January, Baghdad’s Mustansiriya University suffered a double suicide bombing that killed at least 70 people, including students, faculty, and staff. A month later, another suicide bomber struck at Mustansiriya, killing 40.
As we mourn Va Tech, we should also remember the Iraq quagmire that Bush initiated where every day people are massacred. Over the past six months, American troops have died in Iraq at the highest rate since the war began - about 4 every day.
Bush's 'Surge' is not working -
From Thinkprogress: Center for American Progress senior fellow and former Reagan Pentagon official Lawrence Korb recently returned from a 10-day visit to Baghdad to “assist the government of Iraq’s efforts to strengthen public administration in its civilian ministries” and uncovered results that only affirm that “the surge is not working."
Korb noted that U.S. defense contractors, who have benefited heavily from the Iraq war, were curiously restrained in talking about the situation on the ground on the record. Major defense contractors, including those from Blackwater and Halliburton, were mum about the troop escalation only until Korb emphasized that he was not affiliated with the media:
"The long wait did allow me to speak to some of the contractors about the situation on the ground. When I assured them I was not a member of the press, they were unanimous that the surge was not working."