"I heard a powerful sound and I felt myself being thrown to the ground," said Qassim Salman, a 21-year-old law student who suffered shrapnel wounds to his head and left shoulder. "A minute later another explosion happened. I passed out and woke up to find myself in a hospital. I feel sorry, sad and afraid."
Earlier today, there was a gruesome attack on a Baghdad university. Some seventy people were killed. But apparently, this is only the latest manifestation of a "surge" of violence gone out of control in Iraq. Ever since last February's bombing of a Shiite shrine in Samarra, the nation has plunged into a horrifying civil war.
The attacks came on a grueling day of sectarian and political violence in Baghdad that left at least 69 more Iraqis dead, underscoring the findings of a United Nations report released the same day that says at least 34,000 Iraqi civilians died last year in acts of violence.
The figure, nearly triple the number recently released by the Iraqi Health Ministry, matches The Times' estimates that about 100 people have died a day in political violence since the February bombing of a major Shiite shrine in Samarra. That attack and its aftermath are widely seen as the turning point that pushed Iraq into civil war.
Let's face it: Iraq is in a civil war, and there is no military solution that the US can force upon it. It will not aid the nation in reconciliation, and may only result in flaming further violence. Iraq needs a political solution, as this "military solution" has utterly failed.
But again, Bush refuses to recognize reality.