Civilians take up arms amid Iraqi violence.
Iraqis are being targeted at an unprecedented rate. Wary of the ability of police and soldiers to provide protection, civilians are attempting to provide their own security, relying on neighbors and family or hiring armed guards.
In the 29-day period following the mosque attack, 955 people were murdered in Baghdad province, which includes the capital city and its outskirts, according to the U.S. military.
That's more than the number of murders in New York City, San Francisco, Miami, Atlanta, Boston and Seattle combined for all of 2004, according to the
FBI. Those cities have a combined population of 10.8 million, compared with Baghdad province's 7 million.
An additional 146 Baghdad residents were killed in bombings during that period, according to the U.S. military.
WE caused this disaster.
And the clueless-in-charge don't even have the decency to be ashamed.