Monday, January 09, 2006

So, have we "turned a corner" yet in Iraq? Is there a "light at the end of the tunnel"?

Here's your answer:

Two suicide bombers dressed as senior police officers blew themselves up inside the Interior Ministry compound in Baghdad on Monday, killing 14 people and wounding 22 as Iraq marked National Police Day....

A ceremony ... was taking place at the police academy next door to the ministry at the time of the blasts about 500 meters (yards) away....

An attack on a celebration of National Police Day? Wow, there's something no one could have possibly seen coming! Oh, sure, maybe you could have guessed if you had any firsthand knowledge whatsoever of the situation in Iraq, or if you'd opened a newspaper anywhere in the world at any time in the past year, but other than that...

Ah, but it's nice to know some things never change -- there's always an American around to remind us that the glass is half full:

Among dignitaries attending [the ceremony] were the U.S. ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, and the Iraqi defense and interior ministers.

U.S. military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Barry Johnson, who was at the ceremony, said the attack on the ministry did not interrupt the parade.

I'm sure that's a great comfort to the victims and their families.


UPDATE: Death toll now being reported as 29.

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