Third time’s the charm, right?

As we step up our preparations for a new war in the Middle East, we should probably check back in at the site of our last war in the Middle East and see how that beacon of freedom, liberty, democracy, and peace is doing.

At least 71 people were killed and 201 wounded in a series of bombings and other attacks across Baghdad on Wednesday, police and medical sources said, extending the worst wave of sectarian bloodshed in Iraq for at least five years.

Wow… uh… okay, so we knew there might be some problems transitioning, but I bet Afghanistan at least is a new vision of peace and hope in the Middle East, right?

An explosion rocked a base shared by Polish and Afghan forces in a restive eastern Afghan province on Wednesday and a gun battle was under way, a Reuters witness said. The Taliban claimed responsibility.

Thick black smoke was rising from the base in the provincial capital of Ghazni in the attack soon after 4 p.m. (1130 GMT) and NATO helicopters were hovering above, the witness said. At least five people were wounded.

Two earlier attacks aimed at NATO targets killed 10 Afghan civilians and wounded more than 20, police and provincial officials said.

A suicide bomber blew himself up near a foreign troop convoy in Lashkar Gah, capital of the southern battleground province of Helmand, on Wednesday. A spokeswoman for the NATO-led force said no foreign troops were killed or wounded.

Wow… uh… maybe we should slow down a bit and have a long talk about our success rate when it comes to intervention in the Middle East. We don’t seem to be very good at it when looking at long term success.

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