The missile misses
Maybe the providers of rockets and mortars that have been used to fire on the Green Zone have just upped the quality of their arms shipments. The NYT reports: "Missile Is Fired at Copter Over Baghdad, U.S. Says".
BAGHDAD — A surface-to-air missile was fired on Saturday at an American Apache helicopter flying over the Sadr City section of Baghdad, American military officials said on Monday. The attack, which had not been disclosed previously, represents the first time that a helicopter has come under missile attack in Sadr City since fighting erupted in the Shiite enclave in March.
The missile missed the aircraft. But the attack was sufficiently worrisome that the American military changed the route of an aerial tour of Baghdad it had arranged for a group of reporters, television cameramen and photographers on Monday. Two helicopters were to fly over or near Sadr City, but an official said the route had been changed because of the missile threat.
Or maybe the incident was simply reported in conjunction with the reporter's trip so the media might put 2+2 together about Iran. Nah.
Meanwhile, in other news, President Bush "warned Iran and Syria that the international community would not allow Lebanon to fall under foreign domination through their proxies again."
Unless the something spectacularly horrifying happens in the Middle East, like President Ahmedinajad insulting Oprah, nobody is going to notice the shennanigans of the Ayatollahs in the region. Why only recently the Chicago City Council, led by Alderman Joe Moore, Scott Ritter, Walt Mearsheimer and other luminaries led the nation in advocating peace with Teheran. Robert Naiman at the Huffington Post provides a transcript of the press conference at city hall. Here's Moore:
Five years ago the council made history passing a resolution against war in Iraq. Sadly our leaders did not take heed. Now most observers agree the war was a horrible mistake. Now more than 4000 dead, tens of thousands wounded, more than a million Iraqis killed or wounded.
History is repeating itself. The Administration is beating the drum of war, despite the Iran NIE. As in the runup to war in Iraq, basing the threat on unsubstantiated information. Some would argue that this is not Chicago's business. But it is definitely Chicago's business. It's Chicago's neighborhoods which will suffer.Chicago will once again lead the nation as a city for peace.
And lead it from the White House too, in all probability, in 2009.
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