The figure of 4,000 deaths of American soldiers is among the few aspects of the Bush initiated war which cannot be denied away. Five years of promises the war will soon be “won” continue to be uttered by Dick Cheney and George Bush even as rockets and mortors pounded the US protected Green Zone in Baghdad. The latest violence in Basra underscored the fragile security in Iraq as the deadliest attack in weeks left 13 Iraq soldiers dead and over 40 people wounded. Gunmen fired on passengers waiting for buses in southern Baghdad leaving seven dead and 16 wounded. Police also found the bullet ridden bodies of six people dead. Although no group took responsibillity for the latest Baghdad attacks, suspicion lay on Shiite extremists.
Shiite militant leader Muqtada al-Sadr, who has ordered his Mahdi Militia to observe a cease fire now is permitting them to defend themselves in case of attack. There are rumors latest attacks on the Green Zone may come from al-Sadr forces who are responding to American pressure.
Elewhere, the American airforce claimed its planes killed 12 insurgents but the Iraq police insist those killed were innocent civilians. For many Iraqis the question of who is killing them is no longer as important as the reality they are dying in a war begun in lies.