Iraq restaurant bomb kills scores of people attending Arab-Kurdish talksAnother bloodbath in Iraq . . . this time in a city that had been relatively stable - the northern Kurdish town of Kirkuk. Kirkuk is the nerve center of Iraq's oil industry, as most of the oil production takes place in the northern, Kurdish area. The traditional media in America has simply grown bored with covering all the blood-letting going on in our tragistastro-baculous tragitastrobacle in Iraq. But don't forget . . . we're post-"Surge to Victory" now, things are supposedly just way way better. Media reports seem to agree that violence is down. But most honest analysts agree that the cause of this is probably because Iraq is now thoroughly ghettoized into ethnic enclaves, so that the warring parties can't get at each other . . . I mean, except when they can. Another major factor in the reduction of violence has been that the US DoD has been essentially paying local warlords not to fight . . . but you won't hear that in the traditional media either.
"The death toll from a suicide bomb attack on a restaurant in northern Iraq where Kurdish officials were meeting with Arab tribal leaders today has risen to 55, police said.
The explosion happened in the Abdullah restaurant, about six miles (10km) north of the ethnically mixed city of Kirkuk during Eid al-Adha, a major Muslim holiday.
A guard at the entrance said the blast happened moments after a man parked his car and walked inside. Sarhad Qadir, a police brigadier general, said 120 people were wounded and that the dead included five women and three children. The death toll made it one of the worst attacks in Iraq recent months."
Nope. As far as most of the US media is concerned, the Surge worked, the war is going hunky-dory, and the tragitastrobacle in Iraq has turned into a bed of rose petals and satin . . . except when it hasn't.