Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Covered by the flood

With the news of Hurricane Katrina covering the front page and most of the air time of the news, activities in Iraq are obscured by the deluge of information about the catastrophe in the Gulf Coast. Meanwhile, U.S. forces dropped eight bombs on residential areas in Iraq today.

This doesn't sound like the type of action you'd hear about in a place where "major combat operations ... have ended" more than two years prior. Yet, forty-seven people were killed in air strikes near the Syrian border. Among the dead were children and women, as well as two members of the medical crew staffing a makeshift hospital.

The president has chosen the very shrewd tactic "to defeat the terrorists abroad so we don't have to face them here at home." I'm sure Americans feel much safer that those women, children, and medical workers are now unable to come to our shores and terrorize us. This will also go a long way in Bush's campaign to win the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people, where the family of the dead children and women will be comforted by the military spokesman's assertion that the healthcare headquarters were actually an al Q'aeda safe house.