When is a civil war a civil war? When the Powers that Be (i.e., the Beltway Pundits) finally agree to call it?'
Or when more than 70% of the American public think it already exists?
Of course, 4 out 5 of us expected this to happen soon. So this isn't exactly news.
The question is: why hasn't the Beltway heard this yet?
By the way:
Police in the past 24 hours have found the bodies of at least 87 people killed by execution-style shootings — a gruesome wave of apparent sectarian reprisal slayings, officials said Tuesday.The importance of definitions seems more and more pointless.
The dead included at least 29 bodies stacked in a mass grave in an eastern Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad.
The bloodshed — the second wave of mass killings in Iraq since bombers destroyed an important Shiite shrine last month — followed weekend attacks in a teeming Shiite slum in which 58 people died and more than 200 were wounded.