Progress is in the Eye of the Beholder
Iraq Body Count Running at Double Pace
By STEVEN R. HURST
The Associated Press Sunday, August 26, 2007; 2:23 AM
BAGHDAD -- This year's U.S. troop buildup has succeeded in bringing violence in Baghdad down from peak levels, but the death toll from sectarian attacks around the country is running nearly double the pace from a year ago.
Some of the recent bloodshed appears the result of militant fighters drifting into parts of northern Iraq, where they have fled after U.S.-led offensives. Baghdad, however, still accounts for slightly more than half of all war-related killings _ the same percentage as a year ago, according to figures compiled by The Associated Press.
Well, there you have it! In the warped reporting of this disaster, we have brought the violence down by killing twice as many people.
Can victory be far behind? Reducing the violence to zero merely requires killing everybody.