Wednesday, July 13, 2005

this is absolutely amazing, and sad

It boggles the mind that there are people in the world who see the slaughter of children as a just means to some politico-religious end. Its sick and insane, the hideous unmasked logotype of Satan. I can't see that war waged against such people could be unjust.

BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 13 - A suicide car bomb was detonated today near a group of American soldiers who were distributing candy to children in a poor neighborhood here, killing as many as 27 people, about two dozen of them children, and wounding dozens more, government and hospital officials said.

The attack, which also killed one American soldier, caused the highest death toll among children since a similar incident last September, when a pair of car bombs killed at least 34 children who had gathered around American troops during the inauguration of a sewage plant in western Baghdad....

The explosion today in the predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad al- Jedidah provoked a heartwrenching scene of bloodshed and grief. Women dressed in black wailed and slapped themselves on the chest and face in a ritual of deep sorrow as bodies were placed in crude coffins and carried away. The blast left a wide crater in the street around which childrens' colored slippers, pieces of flesh and shrapnel had fallen.

"They were delivering some sweets and toys to the children and all of a sudden a car drove towards the U.S. military vehicles and exploded," said Basim al-Gaiedi, 45, an engineer who lives in the neighborhood....

One eyewitness said the blast destroyed part of a house, killing a family that was eating breakfast in the yard. Another witness said four laborers resting on the side of the road were also killed.

From the NY Times. Read the whole thing here.

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