- The Daily Kos, posting before the war, about our supply line
problem, and some hair-raising technical
discussion of the same attributed to an anonymous American tank
- The ugly
reaction on the "Arab Street" to even the current antiseptic
campaign, which would surely get worse in an atmosphere of sustained
streetfights, or even the health emergency that's coming if the
citizens of Basra don't get their water back. (It's been cut off for
nearly three days now, though the Red Cross has jury-rigged a system
that's providing limited water to some of the residents).
- North Korea cancelling
talks with the South, explicitly citing the Iraq crisis as part of the
reason. And you thought Dubya wasn't trying to do anything at all to
change that ugly situation.
- And lastly, after all those overheated diatribes about the use that Saddam Hussein's forces might make of weapons of mass destruction, the Pentagon is now complaining bitterly about the use of white flags as ruses in combat -- calling it "among the most serious violations of the laws of war". Legalities aside, I don't think that's going to go down too well between interviews with wounded civilians on al-Jazeera.
One more thing -- a few days ago, some overrated warblogger described an Iraqi kid eating a chocolate bar as "the 'peace' movement's worst nightmare". Well, speaking as an anti-war blogger, my worst nightmare right now runs toward a humanitarian crisis in the South, followed by a "humanitarian" intervention by the Iranians, who have already got armed proxies in country in the north of Iraq, and who may already be taking potshots at coalition forces that stray too close to their border.
Not that I think that that's likely -- the most likely outcome is a nasty set of streetfights, probably dragging on for weeks, and gradually transitioning into a hell of a pacification job (so long, that is, as the American forces manage to keep their supply lines in order). Which would be plenty bad enough.