02/05/2007 02:09 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

From Baghdad: The Voice of Despair

Last Saturday, almost four years into our occupation of Iraq, a suicide driver's truck bomb detonated in the crowded Sadriya market of central Baghdad killed at least 135 people, wounded more than 300, and elicited this comment from a 28-year-old auto mechanic named Haydar Abdul Jabbar:

"I wish they would attack us with a nuclear bomb and take us all so we will rest and anybody who wants the oil--which is the core of the problem--can come and get it. We can not live this way anymore, we are dying every day."