It is no coincidence that the more highly educated have been targeted by the fundamentalists. Reportedly, thousands of professors and researchers have fled the country. The well educated represent the secularism at the heart of the fundamentalists' fears. Killing them or scaring them off leaves no alternatives to the intellectual control of the hyper-religious. The Sadr-ites not only want to control people's bodies but also their minds. Zarqawi's replacement might be even more effective than Zarqawi.
I think that Iraq is the issue that explains the election results. Other issues are proxies for this IMHO, and this issue is a proxy for American greatness. Happenings such as this three years after the overthrow Saddam are quite disheartening, speaking for myself. I went around parts of the blogosphere and saw less about this than I might have expected.
Suspected Shiite militiamen dressed as Interior Ministry commandos stormed a Higher Education Ministry office Tuesday and kidnapped dozens of people after clearing the area under the guise of providing security for what they claimed would be a visit by the U.S. ambassador.
U.S. Central Command chief Gen. John Abizaid sternly warned al-Maliki face-to-face on Monday that he must disband the militias and give the United States proof that they have been disarmed, according to senior Iraqi government officials with knowledge of what the men discussed.
Many supporters of the WoT and the Iraq war have begun to abandon Bush. This incident ought to enrage, and it does, but it is certainly played out via the MSM as a sense of American impotence more than a sense of what we're up against. Of course, to employ the full force of American power will lead to "bad things" happening for which we will be responsible. Although we should not pre-judge the possible changes in strategy and tactics in the weeks ahead, we appear to be headed for a clear change in direction. Either we will be finding ways for Maliki to retire or we will begin the process of pulling up stakes. No matter what happens I'm sure the words "hypocrisy" and "incompotence" will be heard often.