Carbombs in Baghdad

Five car bombs on the same day--one directed at the Red Cross, the others at Iraqi police stations--have killed 34 people and injured 224 in Baghdad. Given this tragedy, Bush's response--painted in simplistic, ham-fisted and shockingly un-nuanced terms--seems nothing short of insane: "The more progress we make on the ground, the more free the Iraqis become, the more electricity that's available, the more jobs are available, the more kids that are going to school, the more desperate these killers become... [They] can't stand the thought of a free society. They hate freedom. They love terror. They love to try to create fear and chaos."

Also: military officials estimate that Iraqi guerillas have from 650,000 to a million tons of arms caches at their disposal--a staggering amount of firepower, equal to more than a third of the US' total stockpile.

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