Ali Hussein is pulled from the rubble of his home after a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad’s Sadr City. The 2-year-old died at a hospital.
U.S. Role Deepens in Sadr City
Fierce Battle Against Shiite Militiamen Echoes First Years of War
By Amit R. Paley
Washington Post Foreign Service
Wednesday, April 30, 2008; A01
BAGHDAD, April 29 — A four-hour battle Tuesday between U.S. soldiers and Shiite militiamen left at least 28 Iraqis dead in the capital’s Sadr City neighborhood, making it one of the bloodiest days in a month of sustained street fighting.
The clashes underscored how deeply U.S. forces have been drawn into heavy combat in the huge Shiite district since Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki unexpectedly launched an offensive in southern Iraq last month against Shiite militias, primarily the Mahdi Army of anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.
The photo above screams off of the front page of today’s Washington Post, and the quote above contains the first two grafs of the story.
Here’s the link to the front page of today’s WP:
Here’s the link to the entire WP article:
If there is a hell, may the entire Bush/Cheney Administration burn in it!
It’s mass insanity to send our children to kill their children.
Tomorrow is May 1. The ILWU will be on strike on the U.S. West Coast to protest the war. They were getting beat up in confrontations with the cops even before Baghdad fell. As of now, they are the leaders.
But it is important to recognize the limits to this. Where are they likely to stand on the war? On immigrant rights? Class? Racism? Sexism? Homophobia? Capitalism? I never got the sense that there was any profound political analysis going on, on the other side of the aisle.
We can all celebrate the idea of an armed working class rising up against their oppressors. But I expect we and the right have very different ideas about the outcome of that scenario.