Good thing we’re in Iraq to protect innocent Iraqis from themselves

On Monday, 30 Iraqi lawmakers from various political parties urged Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to end the monthlong confrontation, saying innocent civilians and children were the main victims of the fighting.

“Yes, you can do it if you remember your own children,” said a joint statement read by Mustafa al-Heeti, a Sunni member of parliament. “Your people (are) are demanding of you to intervene and solve the crisis peacefully.”

Their appeal came after U.S. forces, backed by Abrams tanks and Bradley armored personnel carriers, fired on insurgents positions in Sadr City. The military said 38 militants were killed. Iraqi health officials said 58 people, including five children and eight women, were injured.

Just think about the poor Iraqi children, who have been our priority from day one.  Who do you think “shock and awe” was aimed at, eh?  Like fireworx, only X-tremier!

A member of the Iraqi Accord Front (biggest Sunni bloc in parliament) Ahmed Radhi, who was in Sadr City on Sunday as part of the multi-party sit-in, repeated yesterday the call to implement the group’s demands for an end to the crisis, and he said: “The majority of those who are being killed are civilians, and not armed persons.”

If we leave, what will happen to all the progress from Teh Surge of humanitarian relief?   

Shiite militants ambushed a U.S. patrol in Baghdad’s embattled Sadr City district on Tuesday and more than two dozen people were killed in the fighting, a U.S. military spokesman and Iraqi officials said. Six American soldiers were wounded.

Officials at the Imam Ali and al-Sadr general hospitals said about 25 people had died, with several dozen wounded. The officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to release the information, said most of the victims were civilians.

AP Television News footage showed children running for cover behind blast walls amid gunshots. Men helped carry several blood-soaked injured people onto stretchers to a local emergency hospital. Outside the hospital, the dead were placed inside plain wooden coffins.

And yet, at this late juncture, we are blessed with leaders like John McCain who have the clear vision to realize that we can only save the Iraqi people by rolling tanks and launching airstrikes into densely populated, walled-in urban areas.  For the next 100 years.

I can’t wait for the thank yous!