As I mentioned yesterday, the Bushies are wasting no time, now that they have their so-called "mandate." Let the slaughter begin (or, rather, continue at a higher rate), both of Iraqis and of Americans:
The US military pounded the Iraqi city of Fallujah with artillery fire today as remaining residents were urged to leave amid more signs of an all-out assault on the rebel city.
The sound of explosions reverberated from the direction of the city as artillery was fired by US troops camped on the outside starting at about 11pm local time.
The sermon delivered at the Hadra al-Mohammadiya mosque to a few hundred people, most of them fighters, spoke of a desire by US President George Bush to punish the city after his re-election two days ago.
"We are forced to go into this battle but we were hoping for a peaceful solution," said the imam.
"The Iraqi government and the American forces want this war to take place."
The imam said the fighters would prevail.
"Victory is certain and it will be achieved during the first week," he said.
He said the rebels would use "new methods and plans that will surprise and astonish the enemy", promising "martyrdom operations".