Suicide bombers killed or wounded 200 Kurds today in Arbil. The targets were the headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Kurdistan Democratic Party. No news yet on the affiliation of the bombers.
This represents a significant step towards civil war. The question is whether or not the Kurds get to run Kirkuk and Mosul, the big northern oil cities. The Kurds would like to be in charge of these important resources; the Sunnis tend to disagree.
We’re trying hard to get out of Iraq by the elections. If that becomes our main priority, we will almost certainly leave the country in a worse state than it was in when we showed up. Saddam was a monster; he is not the only monster.