Thursday, April 12, 2007

Reactions to the Iraq Parliament Bombing

It is going to be interesting to chart reactions to today's bombing at Iraq's parliament and how proponents of different policy options will try to incorporate it into their arguments.

Surge proponents will argue that this shows the "desperation" of the insurgency and the fact that parliament was attacked is not necessarily a sign of instability--haven't there been attacks on India's parliament, shootings at the U.S. Capitol, and so on?

Surge opponents will take this as further proof that the Iraq enterprise is doomed.

What few will discuss is how this attack on parliament today and earlier attacks in the Green Zone (including the attempted assassination of deputy prime minister Al-Zubai) show an increasing relationship and interconnection between those "inside" and "outside."

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