Someone needs to explain to me how what happened in Iraq today can in any way be labeled the actions of “insurgents” who are fighting to rid the country of the “occupiers.”
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – More than a dozen highly coordinated bombings ripped through Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 160 people and wounding 570 in the capital’s bloodiest day since the end of major combat. Many of the victims were day laborers lured by a suicide attacker posing as an employer.
Al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the attacks in the name of Sunni insurgents, saying it was a retaliation for the rout of militants at a base close to the Syrian border.
Notice how the language is almost an exact duplicate of the language used to describe terrorist attacks in Israel. Substitute “Hamas” for “Al Qaeda,” “Jerusalem” for “Baghdad,” and “palestinians” for “Sunni insurgents,” and then pick the excuse for “retaliation.”
Zarqawi isn’t even bothering to hide his intent any more, and yet, the mainstream media refuses to call him by his true description: Terrorist. Who bore the brunt of today’s attacks?
The spasm of violence terrorized the capital for more than nine hours. The first attack, at 6:30 a.m., was the deadliest: a suicide car blast which tore through the predominantly Shiite Muslim neighborhood of Kazimiyah.
In what was believed to be a new tactic, the bomber set off the explosive after calling the construction and other workers to his small van and enticing them with promises of employment, a witness said. At least 112 people were killed and more than 200 were wounded, according to Health Ministry officials. Twisted hulks of vehicles blocked the bloodstained main street in Kazimiyah’s Oruba Square.
Day laborers. Ordinary citizens, looking for work so they could earn money to feed their families. These people were not connected in any way with the police, the Iraqi army, or coalition forces. This was a slaughter of innocents, and it should have been condemned by every nation’s representative who spoke today at the UN General Assembly.
Of course, it was not.
And let’s not overlook this choice bit buried deeply within the article:
Iraqi forces arrested two insurgents in connection with the Kazimiyah bombing, one of them a Palestinian and the other a Libyan, Iraqi television quoted Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari as saying. Al-Jaafari also said the suicide bomber was a Syrian, without offering any details how the identification was made so quickly.
Shouldn’t an insurgent to be a native of the land he’s fighting for? Wouldn’t you otherwise call these men mercenaries, or perhaps even—dare I say it—terrorists?
I’m thinking yes.
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