Surge Fail Update

328 Iraqis were killed in sectarian attacks last month - around the same number as in April 2009. Yesterday was particularly bloody with over a hundred Shiite deaths from Sunni or Qaeda terrorists. The world barely noticed, but this does not sound promising:

Today's attacks stood out from other spikes in bloodshed over the past year. They were marked by a large number of precise bombings and assassinations, in all corners of the country.

Allawi is warning of worse to come:

"This conflict will not remain within the borders of Iraq. It will spill over and it has the potential to reach the world at large, not just neighbouring countries. Now Iraq is at centre stage in the region. But it is boiling with problems, it is stagnant and it can go either way. I feel that we are not done and that the international community has failed this country."