169 Iraqis dead in two days? Jeezus…

From the AP:

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Suicide bombers targeted Shiite pilgrims in the south and police recruits in central
Iraq, and a roadside bomb killed five U.S. soldiers, bringing Thursday’s death toll to at least 116 people in a series of attacks as politicians tried to form a coalition government.

The two-day toll from insurgent attacks rose to 169, reflecting a dramatic upsurge in bloodshed following the Dec. 15 parliamentary elections.

And what’s even worse is that the different sides of the government are blaming each other for the attacks.

Iraq’s prime minister denounced the violence as an attempt to derail the political process at a time when progress was being made toward including the Sunnis in a new, broad-based government and thereby weakening the Sunni-led insurgency.

But Iraq’s largest Shiite party, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, blamed the violence on Sunni Arab groups that fared poorly in the elections. SCIRI warned that Shiite patience was wearing thin, and it accused the U.S.-led coalition forces of restraining the Iraqi army and its police forces.

Sure, democracy is messy, but if this keeps up I shudder to think what the future holds for democracy’s chances in Iraq.

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