Too Soon?

Baghdad to Dismantle Blast Walls

Soon, locals in Baghdad will be able to wander through their city unobstructed, as the government plans to dismantle the blast walls segregating neighborhoods there. But many are concerned that the authorities—who are eager to show they are in control after American forces recently withdrew from Iraqi cities—are moving too fast. Violence is still very common in the war-torn country; just last Friday, 30 people died in bomb attacks on Shia mosques around Baghdad. BBC News asks the fundamental question: Will "giving Baghdad its face back... also create new opportunities for those who do not want the violence to stop?"