Iraq's Meltdown


"They count their dead in dozens. We count ours in hundreds." —a civilian Iraqi talking about the civil war now raging in his country, compared with the relative skirmishes in Lebanon and Israel.

The current war in Iraq is far deadlier than in Lebanon and Israel. And the United States is ultimately responsible for its security. A brutal first-person account of the hell that is now much of Iraq can be read here.

(Photo: Franco Pagetti for Time.)