Iraq Deteriorates Further

The violent uprising has now spread to at least half a dozen cities in Iraq. Perhaps even more worrying than simply the number of cities that have turned into combat zones in the past few days, or even than rapidly climbing casualty figures (39 coalition troops killed in the past 7 days), however, is the fact that Sunni and Shiite groups are beginning to bridge the gap between them and are uniting against their common enemy – the United States occupation. It looks increasingly likely that this won’t be ended quickly or easily.