Magazine article The American Conservative

Face in the Crowd

Magazine article The American Conservative

Face in the Crowd

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Republicans secure in their partisan cocoons continue to maintain that Iraq is transforming into a democratic Disneyland. Those less vested in the vindication of the Bush Doctrine note the rising chaos, though after three years of grim news it's easy to become anesthetized to the carnage that still marks daily life.

But a recent New York Times story caught our attention. It told of roaming Shi'ite death squads, taking vengeance on their Sunni neighbors with impunity. "The period from March 7 to March 21 was typically brutal," Jeffrey Gettleman reported from Baghdad. "At least 191 bodies, many mutilated, surfaced in garbage bins, drainage ditches, minibuses and pickup trucks." But it wasn't the evidence of a deepening Shi'iteSunni divide or the senseless of the violence that had us recalling the piece days later. …

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