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Death And The Wounded Alive In Iraq

American military forces suffered among the highest losses in killed and wounded in months. Suspected Shiite militants send rockets and mortars into the US proteced Green Zone which resulted in the death of two American soldiers with about 17 wounded. The attacks ocurred as US and Iraq units fought members of the Mahdi militia in Sadr City. In separate attacks on a base in the southwestern Baghdad area of Rustamiyah, another US soldier was killed and fourteen wounded. These deaths raised to 4018 the number of Americans killed in the war in Iraq. It also meant the number of wounded in the conflict was now approaching the 30,000 figure.

The Bush adminsitration and Republican candidate John McCain continue insisting that military force is the key element in achieving peace in Iraq. Muqtada al-Sadr has called for a million person march on Wednesday to protest the fifth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad to American troops. Mortar shells are now falling every day and Iraq civilians and American soldiers continue dying. Iraq needs a government in which Sunni and Shiites work together in a spirit of reconciliation if peace is ever to be achieved. John McCain can urge more surges but, in the end, a political solution offers the best guarantee of peace.

Britain Concerned Over Iraq Hostages

The United States continually insists things are going better in Iraq, but there still remain mny unanswered questions about issues that have been thrust to the side. Prime Minister Gordon Brown communicated his concerns to Prime Minister Nuri-al-Maliki over recently released footage of one of five Britons still being held by militants in Iraq. The Britons, a computer expert and four bodyguards, were seized while inside an Iraqi Finance Ministry building by Shiite militants last May. In the new footage one of them asks for release of Shiite prisoners so he can be freed.

Militants insist they will kill one of the five unless something is done to meet their demands. The story, in itself, is not dramatically important in the scheme of things about what is happening in Iraq. It is simply another of the human aspects of a tragic war which began for the wrong reasons and has resulted in the wrong people getting punished. Most probably one or two of these innocent men will die. Those responsible for their deaths will go on to pleasant lives in Texas and elsewhere.