Why die in Bush’s war?

By Sinclere Lee

Just like the pied piper, most Americans are dead set on dying with Bush and this stupid war. This is Bush’s war and it has nothing to do with the American people, and it is a sad commentary that most Americans are behind this bullshit. We let those fools in Washington, who won’t send their children to war and die, so why in the hell do you let them send yours? You're stupid like Bush to let him eat your young!

U.S. Marines patrolling a section of northwest Fallujah on Monday engaged in a raging firefight with insurgents that left 10 Marines injured, four of them seriously, according to Marines on site.

After taking fire from a minaret tower used to call Muslims to prayer, the Marines called in close air support, destroying the 60-foot-tall structure, Marines said. Where is Bush’s daughters during his war? If they are anything like him, we know where they are.

In addition, fire from helicopters set ablaze buildings in an industrial area of Fallujah, sending clouds of black smoke roiling into the sky.

A Marine commander said he believed his forces were vastly outnumbered and credited them with fighting "like lions" in confronting their attackers.

The fighting came a day after coalition officials said they were determined to give the "political track" a greater chance, avoiding the recent rhetoric that hinted of a quick resumption of the Marines' offensive if progress was not made in trying to establish peace.

On Sunday, U.S. Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt reported a bit of progress from Saturday night's discussions in Fallujah, saying the heavy-weapons handover plan would be extended through Tuesday and mosques would be used to spread the word. Weapons were not handed in Sunday.

Paul Bremer, the top U.S. civilian administrator in Iraq, traveled to the city Saturday for talks.

The coalition agreed to start joint Iraqi-U.S. patrols beginning Tuesday, Kimmitt said.

Coalition authorities have said they will consider anyone armed who isn't authorized to use a weapon potentially hostile.

"We will continue to talk and continue the political process as it starts to bear fruit and as it bears fruit," Kimmitt said.

But he also leveled a warning.

"If we don't start seeing delivery (of weapons), we will cease the discussions and start other options," said Kimmitt, referring to the offensive by U.S. Marines that was halted for the discussions.

"As long as there is promise and demonstrated performance and delivery on the part of the side in Fallujah, I think we are going to show some combat patience and see if we can deliver this through a political track," Kimmitt said.

U.S. Marines were deployed to Fallujah, which is west of Baghdad, after the killing and mutilation of four American contractors by insurgents March 31.

In Baghdad, meanwhile, a massive explosion Monday leveled a building, badly damaging four U.S. military vehicles and inflicting casualties, witnesses said. Wounded were seen being taken away from the scene. No other details were immediately available.

Foreign fighters allegedly paid to attack troops

Also in Baghdad, members of the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council met Sunday with foreigners held at Abu Ghraib prison, according to a spokesman for council member Dr. Muaffak Al-Rubai.

The spokesman, Issaa Baghdadi, said Monday that Al-Rubai and other council members met with prisoners from Morocco, Turkey and Syria.

Some of the prisoners acknowledged that they had received payments to conduct attacks on coalition forces and to perform other insurgent operations, Baghdadi said.

'Dangerous situation' in Najaf

Coalition officials warned Sunday that a "dangerous situation was developing in Najaf," the holy Shiite Muslim city controlled by radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

Iraqis in Najaf were stockpiling weapons in mosques, shrines and in schools, said Coalition Provisional Authority spokesman Dan Senor, while U.S. forces remained deployed outside the city.

U.S. officials have said they want to capture or kill al-Sadr, who is wanted for questioning in the killing of a rival cleric.

Lakhdar Brahimi, the U.N. envoy leading a team helping Iraq develop a transitional government, said Sunday that, "Sending the tanks rolling into a place like this ... is not the right thing to do. And I think the Americans know that extremely well now," Brahimi said on ABC's "This Week."

Attacks elsewhere

A U.S. soldier was killed and two others were wounded Sunday in a roadside bombing near the Martyrs Monument in northeast Baghdad, coalition officials said. A child was killed and eight others were wounded when they ran to the scene to watch the burning Humvee, an Iraqi police official said.

Including deaths reported Sunday, 719 U.S. troops have died in the Iraq war -- 521 from hostile fire, 198 in nonhostile incidents, according to U.S. military reports. Of those, 580 died after President Bush declared an end to major combat May 1 -- 410 in hostile fire, 170 in nonhostile incidents. The latest deaths mean anywhere between 900 and 1,200 Iraqis have been killed in April alone, according to The Associated Press.

In the northern city of Mosul, insurgents launched at least five attacks Sunday morning -- all within minutes of one another -- killing five Iraqi civilians, and wounding 12 other civilians and two Iraqi police, according to Mosul officials and the U.S. military.

In the southern town of Diwaniyah, Spanish soldiers on patrol killed two armed people when they came under attack, the Spanish Defense Ministry said.

In a separate incident, Spanish troops rescued two U.S. soldiers wounded in an attack and took them for treatment to a Spanish post, the ministry said.

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