Seven car bombs exploded across the capital Monday, killing at least six people and wounding dozens, as politicians met to try to finalize a new Cabinet.
And tortured and executed bodies are still being found every day.
Police discovered the bodies of 20 Iraqis apparent victims of sectarian killings the United States hopes the new government can end.
But, since it also appears that the Iraqi government may be directly involved in some of the killing, I would not expect much to improve in this area.
Last Nov. 13, U.S. soldiers found 173 incarcerated men, some of them emaciated and showing signs of torture, in a secret bunker in an Interior Ministry compound in central Baghdad. The soldiers immediately transferred the men to a separate detention facility to protect them from further abuse, the U.S. military reported.
Since then, there have been at least six joint U.S.-Iraqi inspections of detention centers, most of them run by Iraq's Shiite Muslim-dominated Interior Ministry. Two sources involved with the inspections, one Iraqi official and one U.S. official, said abuse of prisoners was found at all the sites visited through February. U.S. military authorities confirmed that signs of severe abuse were observed at two of the detention centers.
Let's call it what it is. Cigarette burns and missing toe nails are signs on torture. Abuse is to polite of a word for this activity.
As long as the governmnet, or persons or groups viewed as being supportive of the government continue to use death squads and torture centers, most insurgent groups will not be rushing to disarm and cease fire.