Just about every day, we're seeing reports out of Iraq like this one. It's easy to shrug these stories off as the day-to-day trials and tribulations of a chaotic undisciplined Middle East country where this sort of thing happens all the time.
Please - do not be lulled into that mindset. It's a far away place, but it's no longer a rogue state or a banana republic with their respective oddball governments. This country has been invaded by, occupied by and is now supposedly governed by THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
So when you read, watch or hear stories like this, wrap your mind around the fact that this is happening in a place which is being run by THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...and filter these reports through your mind knowing that this place is now primarily OUR responsibility:
Iraq's capital erupted in violence again today when suicide bombers crashed an explosives-laden sedan into a police station in the city's worst slum and a Spanish diplomat was gunned down gangland-style outside his home.
Earlier in the morning, an American soldier with the 4th Infantry Division was killed in a rocket-propelled grenade attack near Baquba, northeast of Baghdad.
The three attacks -- which killed at least 11 -- marked the deadliest day in Iraq since August and threatened to reignite tensions in the nation's Shiite community, which has exploded in violence repeatedly in recent months under the U.S.-led occupation.