A swiftly tilting planet

Looks like there’s some very big badness taking place in Iraq. Quick takes from two perspectives – one from Tacitus on the right over here and from DemFromCT over on Kos over here.
As the real world intrudes, perhaps the outcry over Kos’ post re mercs (discussed ad infinitum on Tacitus, Kos, and a million other sites this week – forgive me if I can’t bring myself to offer a thousand pertinent links on this) can now be shelved.
Here’s something we can all agree on: this whole mess appears to shifting, under our feet, day by day, in a very bad way.