BAGHDAD, Iraq – A suicide car bomb exploded next to U.S. troops handing out candy and toys, killing 18 children and teenagers Wednesday. Parents heard the shattering explosion and raced out to the discover the worst — children’s mangled, bloodied bodies strewn on the street.
Up to 27 people were killed by the blast in the Shiite Muslim neighborhood, including an American soldier. At least 70 people were injured, a newborn and three U.S. soldiers among them.
Children’s slippers lay piled near the blast crater not far from a crumbled child’s bicycle as blood pooled in the street.
Twelve of the dead were 13 or younger and six were between 14 and 17, said police Lt. Mohammed Jassim Jabr. Among the wounded was 4-day-old Miriam Jabber, cut slightly by flying glass and debris.
“There were some American troops blocking the highway when a U.S. Humvee came near a gathering of children,” said Karim Shukir, 42. The troops began handing out candy and smiley-face key chains.
“Suddenly, a speeding car bomb…struck both the Humvee and the children,” Shukir said.[…]
At Kindi hospital, where many victims were taken, a distraught mother swathed in black sat cross-legged outside the operating room. “May God curse the mujahedeen and their leader,” she cried, referring to the insurgents as she pounded her head with her fists in grief.
“The car bomber made a deliberate decision to attack one of our vehicles as the soldiers were engaged in a peaceful operation with Iraqi citizens,” said Maj. Russ Goemaere, a Task Force Baghdad spokesman.
“The terrorist undoubtedly saw the children,” Goemaere said, calling the attack “absolutely abhorrent.”
After the bombing, charred remains of an engine block wrapped in barbed wire sat on the road. U.S. and Iraqi troops broadcast messages by loudspeakers in Arabic, warning civilians not to approach military vehicles.
An elderly woman dressed in black beat her chest in front of her house. Others meandered about in the broiling heat, seeming dazed.
I’m just at a loss for words. Evil doesn’t even begin to describe these monsters. To be willing to die a fiery death knowing that your last act in this life will be to massacre little kids who were just trying to get some free candy and toys is…not human. Human beings just don’t do that. At least not any human beings worthy of being described as such.
This isn’t an ideology, folks. It’s not just a different world-view. It is a severe sickness of the mind. These Islamic extremists are no better (in fact, probably worse) than a Ted Bundy or a John Wayne Gacy. They have less value to me (and all decent people) than a garden slug or a maggot.
So, remember this horrific story the next time you hear some Leftist “activist” whining about the treatment of the terrorists being held at Gitmo. Those bastards eat better than you or I do, and get to play soccer, and have access to top-rate medical care, and are entirely free to practice their religion.
And the sickening irony is that innocent Iraqi children are being blown to bits, and civilian contractors are having their heads sliced off, by the like-minded pals of these prisoners.
So the next time someone feels the need to post about how we should be “forgiving” towards these savages, and should respond by “waging peace” or some such drivel, please, just do everyone a favor and pour yourself a great big cup of STFU.
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