Bad Anti-War Blogger, Shame On Me
By: Mark W Adams

War and Occupation doesn't take a holiday, even though I did. Over the last ten days we lost 7 US Soldiers, 334 Iraqi were killed, 386 more were wounded and 57 were kidnapped.

Sunday: 1 US soldier, 13 Iraqis Killed; 8 Iraqis Wounded; 13 Iraqis Kidnapped
Saturday: 37 Iraqis Killed, 20 Wounded
Friday: 1 US Soldier, 31 Iraqis Killed; 69 Iraqis Wounded
Thursday: 29 Iraqis Killed, 22 Injured, 22 Kidnapped
Wednesday: 3 US Soldiers, 36 Iraqis Killed; 17 Iraqis Wounded
Tuesday: 66 Iraqis Killed, 105 Wounded
Monday: 15 Iraqis Killed, 22 Wounded, 22 Kidnapped
Sunday: 26 Iraqis Killed, 21 Wounded
Saturday: 1 US soldier, 14 Iraqis Killed; 22 Iraqis Wounded
Friday: 14 Iraqis Killed, 10 Wounded
Thursday: 1 US Soldier, 53 Iraqis Killed; 51 Iraqis Wounded
There are no accurate figures for U.S. wounded. We just don't talk about that. We talk about how splendid the "surge" is going despite this last year being the deadliest for US Soldiers since we started this fiasco and by any measure, 2007 has been the worst year yet in Iraq.

In what is the world's fastest growing refugee crisis, of Iraq's 25 million people, "there are over 2.3 million internally displaced persons within Iraq, and over 2.3 million Iraqis who have fled the country." And of the less than 50 thousand who have returned, many from Syria which has put new restrictions on harboring fleeing Iraqis, over 80% are going back to the country because they have to, not because they want to.

2000 attacks on occupation forces a month is actually a reduction in violence. (Yay Progress!) Child malnutrition rates are now at 28%, but only at 19% during the time Saddam was stealing the Food for Oil program blind. Scores of bodies are dumped on the streets of Baghdad daily, many no doubt victims of the wave of kidnappings that plague the countryside.

This is your neocon disaster capitalist dystopia. We are paying militants $300 a month not to fight -- sorta like how we pay farmers not to plant, but a little more disturbing. Yet unemployment still ranges above 60%. No wonder "98 percent of Sunnis and 84 percent of Shia in Iraq want all U.S. forces out of the country."