[I hope we are not creating a Frankenstein’s monster by arming the Sunnis in Iraq. The Maliki government looks to be worried. And the Sunni/Shia divide cannot be bridged simply by our military and money interventions. One hopes for peace in this torn land, but the booby trapping of a house that killed 6 of our soldiers may be all too emblematic of the situation that we are creating there now. So much for the surge. Ed Kent]

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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/10/world/middleeast/10iraq.html

9 US Soldiers Killed in Sunni Strongholds
New York Times – 1 hour ago
By RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. and STEPHEN FARRELL ARAB HAMADAH, Iraq – In one of the deadliest stretches for American troops in months, militants killed nine soldiers in the volatile Sunni Arab heartlands north of Baghdad on Tuesday and Wednesday as the …

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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