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This hasn’t hit the major media in the US yet today, but it’s out in Australia and South African papers already and I imagine it will explode here pretty soon as well.

Apparently during the Iraqi election on Sunday one of the Suicide Bombers in Baghdad was a Amar Ahmed Mohammed, teenager with Downs Syndrome who had been kidnapped by terrorists, wired with a bomb and then told to walk to the polling station. When he tried to walk back instead of going the right direction the terrorists triggered the bomb remotely and he was blown up, apparently without harming anyone else.

This is just about the sickest thing I’ve ever heard of. If you had any doubt about how evil and deranged the terrorists in Iraq are, this should lay them to rest once and for all. Anyone who could do this deserves no more consideration than a scorpion or a snake and should be destroyed without a moments care or remorse.

I suppose that this is a logical extension of a lot of their past suicide bombing strategies. Most of their suicide bombers are recruited from outside of Iraq by attracting young, uneducated men from depressed countries like Sudan and Yemen with the promise that when they die for the cause their families will be compensated. In a sense these ignorant dupes are as much victims of the terrorists as their targets are. It seems like only a few steps from taking advantage of the poor and disadvantaged to turning the mentally handicapped into bombs, but those few steps are the ones which cross the line from being at least marginally human to being a monster.

There’s more information on this incident from a local perspective at Iraq the Model. To get the full story with a photo of the victim check out The Sydney Morning Herald

Dave

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  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    “Anyone who could do this deserves no more consideration than a scorpion or a snake”

    Hey! I’m rather fond of most snakes…

  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    That would be truly disgusting. I have my doubts that it is true; not because I don’t think terrorists aren’t more than capable of such sickness, but really, who would know these details? And who would tell them to this blogger so he could post.

    Dentist? Near where this happened? Pretty much narrows it down to a few. I’m skeptical. Sorry but I am.

  • http://www.viewpointjournal.com David Flanagan

    It’s true, I heard it on WTOP while driving to work the other day. It did happen and, the first thing that came to mind was how truly desperate these terrorists and insurgents are getting that they cannot find some young, idealistic fool to kill himself for their cause, so they had to take advantage of a poor retarded child.

    Sounds to me like these folks are on their last legs. They failed miserably to stop elections in Afghanistan and then Iraq. They can kill Iraqis and Americans, but they can’t win.

    David

  • http://paperfrigate.blogspot.com DrPat

    …first thing that came to mind was how truly desperate these terrorists and insurgents are getting…

    Especially since they now are reduced to “kidnapping” toys to make their points.

  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    >>Especially since they now are reduced to “kidnapping” toys to make their points.

    ?Check – that was just weird.

  • Shark

    “…Anyone who could do this deserves no more consideration than a scorpion or a snake and should be destroyed without a moments care or remorse.”

    One small quibble, and I’m in agreement with RJ, my esteemed colleague from across the aisle:

    Snakes and scorpions are superior in many ways to humans, terrorists, me, RJ, and you, Dave Nalle.

    Thanks,
    Steve Irwin
    Crocodile Hunter

    PS: Also avoid things like “they’re animals” etc. — Humans are the only creatures on the planet able to commit the kind of atrocities often mistakenly attributed to our furry, finned, and feathered friends.

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    MSNBC has already picked it up. I’ve seen it carried on major media from 3 countries now, with the name of the kid and his family in one source, so I’m pretty sure it’s real. As for how the blogger would know, there’s an active grapevine spreading news in Baghdad, plus they do have TVs and Radios and local stations and newspapers, you know. A lot of Americans seem not to realize tha the basic infrastructure of a modern, fully functioning country IS in place there – not something that gets a lot of coverage. People seem to think they’re living in bombed out caves and eating their dogs or something.

    Anyway, you can read the whole story with a photo of the victim in the Sydney Morning Herald. Kida convinces me it’s real.

    In addition, there’s another story along the same lines in the hopper involving a 10-12 year old boy who approached a barricade with his hands in his pockets. When ordered to remove them he just came closer and closer until he finally removed them and that triggered a bomb, which exploded, killing himself and wounding two soldiers. I’ll try to track down more info on this. In this case I believe the idea was that the terrorists told the boy that if he removed his hands from his pockets he would blow up, in the hopes that the soldiers would shoot him for not complying and then he’d blow up after being shot.

    Dave

  • Shark

    PS: Another small ‘language’ quibble:

    Ever hear of “excusable evil”?

    oy.

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    “Steve Irwin”: Snakes and scorpions are superior in many ways to humans, terrorists, me, RJ, and you

    Sounds like you don’t live in rural Texas like me, where I’m surrounded by cottonmouths, coral snakes, copperheads and all sorts of rattlers. I keep a shotgun by my back door and use it several times a year to keep the slithering vermin under control.

    Dave

  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    >> there’s an active grapevine spreading news in Baghdad, plus they do have TVs and Radios and local stations and newspapers, you know.

    Ok. Mr condescension :)

    My point being that the Washingotn Post and probably pretty much every media outlet got taken in by that one woman’s story of being raped and brutalized by Saddam’s regime. Proved to be false.

    (I follow LOTS of NEWS – it’s my job).

    But yeah, as it hits more media outlets, of course I’ll be less skeptical – and it is gross.

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    >>My point being that the Washingotn Post and probably pretty much every media outlet got taken in by that one woman’s story of being raped and brutalized by Saddam’s regime. Proved to be false.<<

    Yah, but how well do they vet a story like that when it’s just one of hundreds which are already known to be genuine?

    Dave

  • Shark

    DaveNalle: “…Sounds like you don’t live in rural Texas like me, where I’m surrounded by cottonmouths, coral snakes, copperheads and all sorts of rattlers.”

    Well, I hope you’re victorious —

    — and overrun by rats to the point where they eat you in your sleep.

  • Eric Olsen

    I believe the “insurgents” have truly screwed the pooch in terms of PR. The NY Times reports that the victims of election day terrorism are viewed as martyrs, and they are the REAL martyrs as opposed to the cowardly murder cult shiteaters who take the Virgin Highway and take as many innocents with them as possible. The tide is turning – these fucks are a dying breed, pun intended

  • http://www.bhwblog.com bhw

    In addition, there’s another story along the same lines in the hopper involving a 10-12 year old boy who approached a barricade with his hands in his pockets. When ordered to remove them he just came closer and closer until he finally removed them and that triggered a bomb, which exploded, killing himself and wounding two soldiers. I’ll try to track down more info on this. In this case I believe the idea was that the terrorists told the boy that if he removed his hands from his pockets he would blow up, in the hopes that the soldiers would shoot him for not complying and then he’d blow up after being shot.

    I don’t know if this is the same story or not, but I heard this one on the radio, told by a reporter in Iraq who covered the election: A man came up to vote and was searched and then told by the guards to remove his hands from his pockets. When he did, the bomb detonated. It killed him and at least three other people on the spot.

    Both stories might be true, or one might be the tall tale version of the other. It’s hard to tell right now.

    But honestly, I doubt that the “insurgents” are running out of willing “martyrs.”

  • http://theugliestamerican.blogspot.com andy marsh

    bhw – do you think it’s a bottomless pit? They have to run out sooner or later, no?

  • http://www.bhwblog.com bhw

    Not if they keep making more, both biologically and ideologically, which they are.

  • http://theugliestamerican.blogspot.com andy marsh

    I hope you’re wrong…

  • http://emeraldcitycomments.blogspot.com/ Roy Smith

    If we use as our guiding principle “kill the terrorists until they are all dead”, bhw is probably right – they will just keep making more. It would be far more effective to give them positive reasons to not be terrorists.

  • sandy

    Can I just point out that the people who killed this poor kid probably lost their childeren, or their famlies, at the hands of americans.

    I’m not saying it’s right, but its understandable that a person could loose their mind and want revenge even at the expense of a kid with down syndrome.

    War begets war. There is no arm-chair rationalizing from across the world as we chat on the internet. These people have nothing but anger to live for.

    Quit acting so surprised that people act insane in war times. What about the prison scandal? I suppose thats perfect rational behaviour on behalf of american soldiers?

  • Eric Olsen

    most effective of all would be to continue to assist in the fostering of positive environments that won’t create new terrorists, and killing all that do exist

  • http://selfaudit.blogspot.com Aaman

    The due process of law was followed in the case of the Abu Ghraib heavies – I don’t think we’re going to be seeing Al-Zarqawi in the Supreme Court of wherever anytime soon.

    Anger can be transformed into a healing force too – look at Martin Luther, Mahatma Gandhi and many more.

  • http://theugliestamerican.blogspot.com andy marsh

    sandy – we’ll quit acting surprised, you quit making bullshit excuses for someone sending a kid with down syndrome in to blow innocent people to bits.

  • http://emeraldcitycomments.blogspot.com/ Roy Smith

    Aaman: Yes, anger can be transformed into a healing force – but notice both Martin Luther and Gandhi pursued their ends non-violently. Attacking somebody (or their family) and then expecting them to be angry but peaceful is a little bit too much.

    As far as the Abu Ghraib incidents: Not one single commissioned officer has yet been held accountable, let alone the civilians in the chain of command that fostered an attitude of “doing whatever it takes, morality be damned”. When will they face due process of law?

  • http://www.shortstrangetrip.org Joe

    Without looking it up, can you name who the first civilian in their chain of command is?

  • sandy

    I’m no making excuses. I saying, if you want to stop it from happening, find a way to win over the people of IRaq by a means other than killing them.

    anyway the sad part is I think its too late now that you’ve invaded. This is a can of worms that we’ve opened.

  • http://emeraldcitycomments.blogspot.com/ Roy Smith

    Yes. Would you like their operational or administrative chain of command?

    Operational: The Secretary of Defense (as part of the National Command Authority).
    Administrative: Secretary of the Army.

    That is, unless they are operating under the operational control of the CIA, which they might be for a prison; in which case, I’m not sure.

  • http://dietdoc.blogspot.com Diet Doc

    Eric Olsen writes:

    “who take the Virgin Highway…”

    Nice turn of a phrase…I have to remember that one. I suddenly hear strains of “Stairway to Heaven.” Should be able to work that in here somewhere.

    Cheers,

    Ron

  • http://www.shortstrangetrip.org Joe

    My point is I think you’d have to be able to establish continuity through to the highest ranking General Officer in the CoC before you could look at tying it in with civilian leadership and that the “attitude of ‘doing whatever it takes, morality be damned'” supposedly fostered actually permeated through the chain of command. Additionally, I was asking for a name assuming the SoA, I really couldn’t remember who it was, I think it was an acting secretary who took over after White left. Actually, Karpansky got the hook, so in a sense that’s one commissioned officer held accountable. I’m not sure if there’s more planned for her or not.

  • Eric Olsen

    thanks Ron, spread the meme!