Things are going so fabulously in Iraq that the middle class is scurrying away. According the New York Times, "In the past 10 months, the state has issued new passports to 1.85 million Iraqis, 7 percent of the population and an estimated quarter of the Iraqi middle class."
Christians in the United States have been the most vocal supporters of preemptive war. Meanwhile, Christians in Iraq are running for their lives. Lawrence Kaplan writes:
With the remnant of Iraq's Jewish population having long since fled the country, Christians have become today's victims of choice. Sunni, Shia, and Kurd may agree on little else, but all have made sport of brutalizing their Christian neighbors, hundreds of whom have been slaughtered since the U.S. invasion. As a result, Iraq's ancient Christian community, now numbering roughly 800,000 and consisting mostly of Eastern rite Chaldean Catholics and Assyrian Orthodox Christians, dwindles by the day. According to Iraqi estimates, between 40,000 and 100,000 have fled since 2004, many following their own road to Damascus across the Syrian border or to Jordan, while many more have been displaced within Iraq. As for the country that loosed the furies against them, the United States refuses to provide Iraqi Christians protection of any kind.
The stories of attacks on Iraqi civilians continue to mushroom. Marines may have killed civilians, including five children, execution-style in Haditha. The BBC has video implicating Americans in the death of 11 civilians in Abu Sifa. Two Iraqi women were shot attempting to get to the local maternity ward. The prime minister of Iraq says violence against civilians is a daily phenomenon. "They crush them with their vehicles and kill them just on suspicion," he said. "This is completely unacceptable."
Meanwhile, the unemployment rate in Iraq has jumped to 60%.
War Street Journal editor Daniel Henninger is concerned that an "Iraqi syndrome" will cause "a loss of confidence in the efficacy of American military engagement" and "feed the dark, inward-turning sentiments already poisoning the country's mood."
Over the past three months, weekly attacks by insurgents averaged more than 600, a 13 percent rise over the previous six months. What pinko mainstreammedia outlet is putting out that bad news? Oh, it's the Pentagon.