Thursday, December 15, 2005

Iraq : Voting starts and so do the bombs

Iraqis are electing their first full-term government since the US-led invasion in 2003 amid tight security.

A loud blast rocked the capital, Baghdad, shortly after the polls opened at 0700 local time.

Police said the blast was caused by a mortar landing near the heavily-fortified Green Zone, home to the Iraqi government and a number of Western embassies, the Associated Press reported.

In Mosul, a bomb killed a hospital guard and wounded two other people when it went off between a polling station and a hospital, Dr. Bahaaldin al-Bakri said. A mortar also landed near a polling station without causing any injuries, according to the U.S. military.

Reports of smaller explosions are also coming in from around the country


Blogger G_in_AL said...

I'd say even you have to admit the bombs were less than expected, and comparitivly low.

December 15, 2005 7:23 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

Well yes and no G , your assuming i have a different view then i do

they were about what i expected , with the Sunni deciding to vote today there was a very low chance of major attacks ,

I feel the one dead on 7am was symbolic , they havent gone away G ,

both th shia and the sunni want you out , so they will comply with the vote today (and have)

but i really didnt have any expectations that today would bring a lot of bombs ,

but dont be fooled into thinking today brings us any closer to a peacfull Iraq , it does not

December 15, 2005 10:33 pm  
Blogger G_in_AL said...

I dont have a problem with that at all. The sooner their government gets up and running, and then formally requests us to leave... they got it.

December 16, 2005 9:26 pm  
Blogger DJEB said...

I'm afraid that the U.S. is not going to leave. Even after the official pullout there will still be military bases in Iraq that will be about as welcome as the ones in the holyland of the Kabah. This puts y'all good folks in America at risk. I think we can all agree that one 9/11 was more than enough.

December 18, 2005 4:53 am  
Blogger _H_ said...

My gut feeling is the same as yours , I just have a sneaky feeling that the NEW Iraqi government will be more anti American than Saddam was , and hence will put pressure on the US to close the bases

of course the US wont do this without a fight , and it is a fight the US will almost certainly win .

The key point that leaving bases in Iraq will put the US at more of a risk (not less as the strange right wing types think) is very true

But aslong as Bush is in the hot seat the bases will stay and the death toll will continue to rise

December 18, 2005 5:49 am  
Blogger DJEB said...

Just Wondering, _H_, if you've read Robert A. Pape's book Dying to Win? Great book.

December 18, 2005 7:48 am  
Blogger _H_ said...

Not yet , but I have just spent some time reading the reviews and have now added it to my christmas list

thanks for the Recommendation

December 18, 2005 8:19 pm  

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