I don’t have much to say about the recent escalation of fighting in Iraq.
On one hand, I’m a bit depressed that there is so much organized opposition to liberalization of the country (Yes, I realize that many of these people are not Iraqis).
On the other hand, it seems to be a sign of the desperation of people who see this as their last chance to avoid losing power for good.
And, the optimistic part of me wants to view this as Steven Den Beste does:
The most important thing that happened in the last few days is that many of the most dangerous people in Iraq gave us an excuse to destroy them. CENTCOM won’t throw this opportunity away.