Sunday, April 22, 2007

Sunday Afternoon on the Roof

Finally some nice weather returns to Philadelphia, otherwise known as Baghdad on the Delaware, and my cold recedes. The only pressing question for the day is which tasty meats to put on the grill for dinner.

As for those residing in our sister city, more pressing issues exist.

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Two suicide car bombers attacked a police station Sunday in western Baghdad, killing at least 13 people and wounding 82, police said.

The bombs exploded as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki arrived in Cairo, Egypt, on the first stop of a four-nation regional tour aimed at winning Arab support for his embattled government.

The first driver raced through a police checkpoint guarding the station and exploded his vehicle just outside the two-story building, police said. Moments later, a second suicide car bomber aimed for the checkpoint's concrete barriers and exploded just outside them, police said. (Watch why the Senate majority leader says the war is "lost" Video)

The blasts collapsed nearby buildings, smashing windows and burying at least four cars under piles of concrete. Metal roofs were peeled back by the force of the explosions. Pools of blood made red mud of a dusty driveway.

And, suddenly it occurs to me that only one man is truly qualified to be the Czar of All Iraq War Czar.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the moustache of understanding himself. Tom Friedman.