Another day of bloody sectarian violence in Iraq points to intensifying conflict -- and maybe civil war?
Making predictions of civil war are never smart, but it's difficult to exaggerate the seriousness of the recent Iraq killings without at least raising it as a possibility.
Over 70 people were killed today in a wave of nearly-simultaneous bombings targeting Shiite neighborhoods in the capital, Baghdad, and the Shia-dominated city of Nasiriyah in the south.
Al Jazeera International's Dahr Jamail, reporting from Baghdad, said that the the timing of the attacks "couldn't have come at a worse time", pointing to the tense political situation in the country.
Some 60 percent of Iraqis are Shia, while the Sunni population hovers around 35 percent. Baghdad itself is a patchwork of sects.