The First Domino Falls
In what could be Iraq's "Tet," a Shiite militia force led by anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr had taken over the city of Amarah. The temporary siege reflected not only the rise of hostilities towards the American presence in Iraq, but also between rival Shiite factions in government.
The militia, a Taliban-like group Iraqis can expect to see more of, has been implicated in a series of killings that included merchants who sold alcohol and women whose behavior was deemed immoral.
Yet, even though Iraq keeps slipping further into what could be another Iran or former Afghanistan, we must continue to remind ourselves of that never ending Bush mantra: at least they're better off now.