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Monday, October 30, 2006

100


Still think "stay the course" is a good idea?
At least 80 people were killed or found dead in Iraq on Monday, including 33 victims of a bomb attack on laborers lined up to find a day's work in Baghdad's Sadr city Shiite slum. The U.S. military announced the death of the 100th service member killed in combat this month.

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In other violence gunmen killed hard-line Sunni academic Essam al-Rawi, head of the University Professors Union, as he was leaving home. At least 156 university professors have been killed since the war began. Hundreds, possibly thousands, more are believed to have fled to neighboring countries, although Education Ministry spokesman Basil al-Khatib al-Khatib said he had no specific numbers on those who have left the country.

The explosion in the sprawling Shiite slum of Sadr City tore through food stalls and kiosks at 6:15 a.m. (0315 GMT), cutting down men who gather there each morning hoping to be hired as construction workers. At least 59 people were wounded, police Maj. Hashim al-Yasiri said.

Sadr City, is a stronghold of the Mahdi Army loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, and has been the scene of repeated bomb attacks by suspected al-Qaida fighters seeking to incite Shiite revenge attacks and drag the country into full-blown civil war.

Ali Abdul-Ridha, injured on in the head and shoulders, said he was waiting for a job with his brother and about 100 others when he heard a massive explosion and "lost sight of everything."
Three and a half years after the start of this war and October has been on the the bloodiest month's for American forces. Joe Lieberman wants you to believe that "staying the course" is the right action (while avoiding the Iraq war altogether in his stump speeches). For someone who says he wants to talk about the issues, he seems to do all he can to avoid "THE BIG ISSUE." Rob Simmons, Nancy Johnson and Chris Shays are just as responsible for the mess we're in right now in Iraq as they, as well as Lieberman, stubbornly the President's war plan without any oversight.

Lieberman, Simmons, Johnson and Shays: part of the problem in Washington.

Lamont, Courtney, Murphy, and Farrell: the solution.