This Washington Post report claims that more than 1300 Iraqis have died in sectarian violence unleashed by the bombing of the Shiite shrine last week. The report describes the bloody scenes found inside Baghdad’s main morgue and points out that the U.S. Military was wrong about the death toll. From the tone of the article it’s apparent that the reporters are quite pleased that Iraq may be near a civil war.

The toll was more than three times higher than the figure previously reported by the U.S. military and the news media.

Hundreds of unclaimed dead lay at the morgue at midday Monday — blood-caked men who had been shot, knifed, garroted or apparently suffocated by the plastic bags still over their heads. Many of the bodies were sprawled with their hands still bound — and many of them had wound up at the morgue after what their families said was their abduction by the Mahdi Army, the Shiite militia of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

This article is not recommended for squeamish stomachs. I do wonder what conditions in Iraq would have been like today if our nations opposition party had whole-heartedly supported the war from the very start and had been steadfast throughout the past few years. Imagine what could have been accomplished by now had we had a united front and the media had actually reported all of the news, the good as well as the bad.

It’s amazing that so much has been achieved. The ancient media’s not going to be able to hide the good news much longer because Iraqis are blogging about it now. Check out the different outlooks Iraqi blogs have on the “surge of violence.”

(and on Aljazeera no less)

An Iraqi blogger who lives in the United Kingdom, says: “I compared reporting from the BBC and the British newspapers to the [Iraqi] blogs and there is a world of difference.

“It is as if the Western media are on a different planet,” he told Aljazeera.net.

They get it. Iraq the Model has been getting it for quite a while.