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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.

Thanks.

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

    Thanks for letting us know about this, RJ. Of course I can see the coverage on most news outlets here in the US – “more casualties in US occupied Iraq, suicide car bomb kills 27″ – of course with no mention that they were mostly kids and the implication they were US soldiers.

    Dave

  • http://xraystyle.blogspot.com Bryan McKay

    This could have been news, but your partisan commentary at the end forced me to recategorize it. I’m surprised that you couldn’t manage to report a news story as tragic and horrific as this without exploiting it to attack the “Left.”

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

    The partisan commentary seems to come from the ‘partisan’ position of the political party of people who are repelled by mass murdering psychos. But yah, it belongs in opinion not news – even if the opinion is dead on.

    Dave

  • http://xraystyle.blogspot.com Bryan McKay

    Nothing wrong with being repelled by mass murdering psychos – I’m not really a fan of them myself, Dave – but the phrase Leftist “activist” sounds like a fairly conservative sentiment to me. I have no problem with RJ saying this in an Opinion post (at least not in an offical capacity), but it truly bothers me that over something as non-partisan and tragic as this we have to continue drawing party lines.

  • Bennett

    Yeah, and that bastion of Volvo drivin’ latte drinkin’ pinkos – NPR, gave this story huge coverage all afternoon.

    Not just “more dead in Iraq bla bla bla” And not once did they infer anything other than the tragedy and misery and brutalness. No finger pointing, no politics.

    The news needs to be reported. The bullshit propaganda could have been left behind. Replacing the last three paragraphs with something truly thoughtful? Hmmmmm. Now isn’t that a thought?

    Or are you simply using this tragic event and the dead kids that resulted as a way to set up the last three paragraphs?

    If so, for shame!

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

    Sometimes NPR surprises me with the quality of their reporting. They do go much more in depth than other news sources on a regular basis, and you can’t go in-depth on something like this and not see it for what it really is.

    Dave

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

    “This could have been news, but your partisan commentary at the end forced me to recategorize it.”

    I understand. It began as just a news item, but I did put a lot of opinion in the post, so I am not arguing with your editorial decision.

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

    “Or are you simply using this tragic event and the dead kids that resulted as a way to set up the last three paragraphs?”

    Not at all.

    I originally read this on Yahoo’s home page, as I was about to check some email. I was so outraged that I knew I had to post on it.

    I didn’t really know where I was going to go with the post, other than to report it and give my (understandable) emotional reaction to it.

    But I decided to end the post with a bit of commentary and some food-for-thought.

    The scum currently being held at Gitmo ARE terrorists. And they ARE being treated pretty damn well. And, if we let them loose, they WILL likely end up engaging in some sort of horrific terror against the innocent.

    And it is mostly LEFTISTS who are whining about the fact that they are still being held, and are claiming that these terrorists are being subjected to “torture” and all the rest.

    So, while you may not like my commentary, it was certainly not baseless, and what most definitely on-topic.

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

    “and what most definitely on-topic”

    what should be was

  • http://xraystyle.blogspot.com Bryan McKay

    I don’t think anyone was questioning whether or not your comments were on-topic or not, at least I wasn’t. I even think your response was justifiable to a point. My only personal problem with it was that it seemed too soon – not enough time between the event occuring and the manipulation of said event as political/ideological leverage. It feels as if there should at least be a period of reflection before the name-calling begins.

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

    I imagine it would be hard to get through the first part of writing that without experiencing and wanting to express some outrage before you were done. And I don’t think that hating terrorists for acts like this is political or ideological.

    Dave

  • Bennett

    RJ – Now that we’ve released the several hundred who were NOT terrorists, poor bastards who went through two years of the same sort of interrogation detailed in the reports released today, the folks left at gitmo may indeed be terrorists, really bad guys.

    I’m not a lefty or a righty, I simply feel that the end is not always justified by the means.

    Beating people to death does not serve our country’s interests, and although it’s the exception rather than the rule, the highly publicized occurrences do tend to stay in the old cranium for a bit.

    It is maddening, to hear about these events and the death of innocents. But please realize that it’s maddening for ALL of us, regardless of political affiliation.

    You write with passion. That’s good.

  • Tao Jonez

    It don’t look like he wuz hating just the terroists. Everything RJ writes turns inta hatin’ liberals. Crap like this just looks like an excuse ta do more hatin’. Everybody hates terrorists or kid killers, even democrats. But instead of just doing that, RJ keeps hatin’ american “leftists” and Dave keeps backing him up.

  • http://xraystyle.blogspot.com Bryan McKay

    Dave: I was referring specifically to the criticism (albiet relatively minor criticism) of the “left.” I consider myself residing somewhere on the far left of the political spectrum, but I don’t condone or support terrorism, nor do I propose any amnesty for the perpetrators of terrorist acts. The problem with Guantanamo is that not all of the “terrorists” held there have sufficient evidence against them and they’re being held indefinitely against their will. It obviously hasn’t done much to solve the problem of terrorism, judging by recent events. This isn’t my point though, and I’d rather not go off criticizing the current administration right now. The terrorist problem lies with the terrorists and not with the Right or the Left or the Top or the Bottom or what have you. There is a huge problem that needs to be fixed when people in the world think it’s okay to commit acts like this, and the only way to fix it is to put aside our differences and really talk. Cheap potshots like the one in this post only create a barrier to these dialogues. It needs to stop from both sides. I think RJ has a lot of energy and passion, and it would be great to see that put to use healing these wounds rather than opening them.

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

    Pretty fine speech there Bryan – a stand alone power-grab for reason.

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

    To give RJ at least some credit for good sense, it wasn’t blanket condemnation of all leftists, just of those who do certain things he feels support terrorism, or who sympathize with terrorists.

    Dave

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

    Let’s see…

    The LEFT calls Gitmo a “gulag” and compares the US military men there to Pol Pot’s genocidal killers.

    The RIGHT simply wants to keep the terrorists there, and continue to offer them a second helping of rice pilaf.

    But, I guess I’m the irresponsible, irrational one…

  • Tao Jonez

    Nah, wrong again RJ. Amnesty International compared some things about GITMO to da gulags. And some peeps want to keep the prisoners there without any kind of trial or proof of what they did wrong. Now, I’ll go with most of them belong there, but how do we know?

    But you keep hatin’ and splashing all kinds of peeps for what one or two do, cuz you just don’t see any differencde and can’t tell good folks for bad if they ain’t agreeing with you all the time.

  • Bennett

    No, one stupid asshole called gitmo a gulag and compared the US military men there to Pol Pot’s genocidal killers.

    Not “THE LEFT”.

    Why do you feel the need to generalize in such an absurd fashion?

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

    Tao, are you not familiar with Dick Durbin’s comments about GITMO? He’s not with Amnesty International.

    Dave

  • Tao Jonez

    My bad then, even worse. It was one guy making an analogy. But ta RJ , thas the whole “left”. And the AI report did make the gulag comparison, I remember dat too.

    Now who was whining like a bitch about somebody doing da same thing with Sensenbrenner? Know what I’m sayin’ , playah?

  • Dawn

    The darkest recesses of hell, where you are disembowled and your entrails are strewn like the reckless eating habits of a toddler enjoying a spaghetti supper, and you are resurrected over and over again only to be continously tortured for all of eternity – even this isn’t punishment enough for these terrorists.

  • Bennett

    Elastigirl? You’re freaking me out.

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

    Tao, even you have to admit, that Durbin’s position is representative of a LOT of people on the left even if they aren’t all in a position to get press for saying it. You know you could go out and find scores of left-leaning blogger saying the exact same thing. Just take a look at Kos sometime.

    Dave

  • http://xraystyle.blogspot.com Bryan McKay

    RJ: I have never seen someone miss a point so completely as you just did.

    Tao: Probably doesn’t help your case much when you refer to RJ as “playah.” No offense intended, but proper spelling and grammar and correct English can go a long way towards establishing credibility.

  • Bennett

    “Durbin’s position is representative of a LOT of people on the left…”

    Whoa now Dave. That generalization could get the BS award of the night.

    Cool out baby, no need to slander some damn fine folks like that.

  • Tao Jonez

    Dave – ya keep lumping peeps together, thas like saying all righties think everybody is a red diaper doper baby cuz Savage sez it. Now I could be slimy and say “a lot of republicans think that way”, and I’d be technically accurate, but still full of shit. Kow what I’m sayin’ ?

    Bryan – no disrespect taken, I hear where yer coming from. I just don’t give a fuck. Punks wanna do the dozens, they can step up or step off.

  • http://cranialcavity.net/wordpress/index.php Marc

    Hey Tao – go back to the playground with that “peeps” crap. Unless of course you are referring to the Easter time marshmellow peeps. Other wise there is no such thing in the English language.

    AI, Durbin and Teddy “Fat Boy” Kennedy have all used the Gulag/Hitler analogy. And the reason a good section of the “leftist activists” get painted with the same brush is because their were zero quotes from those on the left condeming those that used it. If you don’t dennouce it, you’re part of the problem.

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

    Bennett, it’s not slander if it’s true. And whle that position may not represent all leftists, there are quite a large number who share it. All you have to do is go on Daily Kos or do a search on the web to turn up blog after blog of people who think that GITMO is a gulag and Bush is Hitler and all of the things you think are right wing stereotypes, but which really are representative of the opinions of enough people on the left to make the criticism stick.

    Dave

  • Tao Jonez

    yo Marc – that means when Santorum called dems Nazi’s for parlimentary tactics and no repubs denounced it, then all repubs think so, cuz they is part of the problem?
    And you wouldn’t last a New York second in my playground, bish.

    yo Dave – does that mean that we can paint
    all repubs with the dittohead shit and Savage’s crap cuz enough peeps think that way to make it stick?

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

    Tao, you (meaning leftist in general) already do.

    But again, RJ and I both never said that all leftists were the same, just that there were people on the left who made the gitmo/gulag comparison. Which is correct and more than correct, in fact.

    Dave

  • Tao Jonez

    I get it so you (meaning KKK members) Rightists can hit all yas like, and then make shit up when cornered. At least yer clique sticks hard, props fer that.

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

    TJ:

    You “write” like an idiot.

    If you want to be taken seriously, drop the “street” BS and just comment like a normal English-speaking person…

  • Tao Jonez

    RJ:

    you whine like a bitch.

    If ya can’t take the heat, try and rag on the style.

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

    It’s not “whining” to point out that, to most readers and writers here, you sound like an idiot.

    Your “style” may play well on the Paris Hilton chat rooms, but in somewhat more intellectual circles, you just sound like a dope.

    I was offering constructive feedback. You are free to ignore it.

  • http://www.bigtimepatriot.com Big Time Patriot

    “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.”

    I will remember the horrific story of these car bombers and I will think, the people now in Gitmo were certainly not guilty of this particular car bombing (they were otherwise occupied). So I will feel no urge to punish the people in gitmo for this particular crime. I would like to determine which people in Gitmo were guilty of crimes and punish those guilty ones and let the innocent go free. Keeping people in jail without a fair trial is barbaric. Answer barbaric acts with other barbaric acts does NOT make me feel better. If it makes you feel better I think you should address what your core values are. If your core values are just revenge, well we disagree. An eye for an eye was the old code of the middle east, your attitude sounds more middle eastern than American. Why do you hate America and its values? Loving America only as a group of people and a piece of land is really taking America pretty lightly. The principles of America (As reflected right in our constitution, you might check it out) include the importance of trials before judging guilt. Don’t give up on these principles out of fear or anger. There are always “excuses” for cutting corners on human rights, Saddam had excuses, don’t you be creating excuses for the US, we really don’t need excuses, we really need to be on the moral high ground. If we aren’t defending the moral high ground it just devolves to a pissing match to see how low each side can go.

    Stalin, Saddam, Hitler, Japan during World War 2, these groups all had a light regard for justice when it came to their enemies. They are all gone and America is still here. Why do you want to emulate those loser’s? What makes you think that we shouldn’t “stay the course” when it comes to having the rights to a decent legal process for EVERYBODY? Stay the course, sound familiar? George Bush has shifted course dramatically, but we don’t have to follow him down this dark trail. We can do better. We are better than that.

  • Bennett

    “Bennett, it’s not slander if it’s true.”

    Fuckin’ shame, that.

    There are too many shades of gray to paint this country black or white. It really does no service to any cause.

    Sad, so much promise, so wasted by generalization.

  • Bennett

    Good stuff BTP.

  • http://xraystyle.blogspot.com Bryan McKay

    Thanks, BTP. Durbin’s remarks may have been incendiary, but we can still take them as a warning. Instead of turning it into a Right vs. Left situation, it can become a learning dialogue. Although I tried making this argument a few comments ago and was largely ignored, so I guess it’s probably futile to say it again.

    I’d like to see the Politics section of Blogcritics become more of a forum for open and frank discussion rather than the narrow-minded rhetoric that both sides (with few exceptions) are spewing. In light of recent world events, it seems particularly devastating that we still can’t find any common ground without taking swipes at one another. The next presidential election may still be a few years away, but do we really want to see another country so bitterly divided nearly in half? I know that the people who tend to write political blog posts are generally very strongly opinionated people, but like I suggested before to RJ, why can’t this fervor and political passion be transformed into something constructive?

    I’m still waiting for a response on this one.

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

    I bet we can find some common ground – we ought to have found it in this post. Can we all agree that terrorists killing kids is bad?

    It’s a start.

    Dave

  • http://selfaudit.blogspot.com Aaman

    Anyone killing kids is/are bad

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

    I didn’t think Prisoners of War had the same rights as a person in a “regular” jail…but I guess we seem to forget that those folks down there in beautiful sunny Cuba are in fact…PRISONERS OF WAR…

    on another note…where are all those religion of peace folks today???

  • Nancy

    TJ, while I don’t object to (or care about) which brand of English you use, I do admit I can’t understand most of what you’re saying, which kind of makes it hard for me to get your point, which I suspect I would like to, very much. I would say the same if you were using valley gal speak.

    RJ, you’re full of bile & vile to suggest “the Left” (as if there were such a thing) uniformly supports tucking terrorists into bed every night. NO ONE I have heard thus far on EITHER side supports this, and a good many on BOTH sides support taking them on a long sea cruise & letting them swim back to shore from several miles out, preferably thru shark- or box-jelly-infested waters. You’re turning into a Karl Rove wannabe.

  • SFC Ski

    Actually, RJ specifically refers to “Leftist “activist” whining about the treatment of the terrorists”, so it’s a case of “if the shoe fits, wear it”.

  • http://www.bhwblog.com bhw

    but I guess we seem to forget that those folks down there in beautiful sunny Cuba are in fact…PRISONERS OF WAR…

    I thought they weren’t POWs but enemy combatants, which basically allows us to do whatever we want to them. Or that’s the reasoning, anyway.

  • Nancy

    What is a ‘leftist activist’? The way I’ve read the repeated phrase, above, it comes out as anyone who disagrees w/SmirkCo.

  • Nancy

    Just for the record, the people I do read about who are so concerned for these detainees are not exactly my choice for political bedfellows, either, and most of the persons I talk to (of varying persuasions, including lefties) none of them/us give a crap about the detainee’s rights or lack thereof, on the general theory that they wouldn’t be there if they hadn’t been hanging around somewhere they shouldn’t, with people they shouldn’t, doing things they shouldn’t. This issue is being vastly overflogged, since the average person of left or right really doesn’t care, if they think about it at all.

  • MCH

    “TJ, you “write” like an idiot. Your style might play well in the Paris Hilton chat rooms, but in somewhat more intellectual circles, you just sound like a dope.”
    – R. J. (Bobby) Elliott

    Look, Bobby, is anything Tao Jonez wrote more “idiotic” than several months ago when you tried to hit on bhw, and after she mentioned that she was “old enough to be your baby-sitter,” you responded with, “Ooh, I just shit my pants!”

  • Nancy

    Actually, styles make it interesting, but it’s very difficult if they can’t be understood very well. Especially when he’s saying something I think I want to read, but can’t get the gist. But then, I had to watch The 5th Element 2 times before I figured out what ‘green’ meant. Green? Green. I’m just slow.

  • Bennett

    I have no problem with the writing style of Tao Jonez, as his thoughts are clear and articulated.

    WTF else do you want from commentors?

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    >>RJ, you’re full of bile & vile to suggest “the Left” (as if there were such a thing) uniformly supports tucking terrorists into bed every night. NO ONE I have heard thus far on EITHER side supports this<<

    This is true. Nancy supports kidnapping and torturing the families of terrorists.

    Dave

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    >>and most of the persons I talk to (of varying persuasions, including lefties) none of them/us give a crap about the detainee’s rights or lack thereof, on the general theory that they wouldn’t be there if they hadn’t been hanging around somewhere they shouldn’t, with people they shouldn’t, doing things they shouldn’t. <<

    So you’re just going full-on into the fascist camp now, Nancy?

    You know, when our country was founded the principles which ended up in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were considered universal principles – not principles which applied just to Americans, but principles which humans were born entitled to. Those documents happened to frame them in American terms, but that was only because of where they were being applied. Any of the founding fathers would have said that those same rights belonged to any man in any country anywhere.

    We’re America, we’re the one nation actually founded in full awareness of and based on the existence of fundamental, inviolate human rights. As such we should set an example in recognizing those rights for all people, regardless of origin or citizenship status or crimes they may be accused of. Our Constitution and our principles ought to apply to anyone who comes into the custody of our government.

    Dave

  • Dawn
      Nancy supports kidnapping and torturing the families of terrorists.

    You say that like it’s a bad thing?

  • Nancy

    Dave, you talk out of both sides of your mouth with forked tongue. You lambaste anyone who doesn’t want to gung-ho “defend America”, but you call anyone who isn’t of the neocon nazi camp ‘fascist’ and all other perjoratives you can think of to smear. Can’t have it both ways, kiddo: as your Fearless Leader says, either you’re with [the terrorists] or against them.

  • Anthony G

    What Dawn said on comment was the smartest thing I ever heard.

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

    Dave – no offense, but fuck that! I understand what you’re saying…but I really don’t think that some people on this planet deserve to be treated like human beings. Besides, we have some people more worried about how a book is being treated down there!

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

    Yeeha! I’ve offended both sides of the political spectrum in one comment. My life is complete.

    Nancy: I’m against the terrorists, but don’t want to turn into a terrorist or a fascist to oppose them. Some sacrifices aren’t worth it. If we fight for America there needs to be some America left when we’re done. And BTW, I consider the Neocons just as fascist as their equivalents on the extreme left.

    Andy: How do you know the people at GITMO deserve to be treated as less than human? They deserve to be treated as prisoners and suspects, which means some basic rights. IMO they’re being treated better than required in some ways, but worse in others. They shouldn’t necessarily get all the pampering they are, but they should get to talk to lawyers and get a day in court.

    Dave

  • Anthony G

    Andy Marsh, I love your opinions.

    Dave you are a good for nothing moderate that will jump on the band wagon when one party looks better.

    I can’t wait until Bush appoints a stone cold right wing conservative to the supreme court.

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

    Anthony, being a mindless neocon pawn isn’t actually any better than being a mindless socialist pawn.

    dave

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

    That’s odd. (now I’ll go check out the update).

  • danga

    Please everyone, stop posting such hateful things. I stumbled upon this page and it’s really shaken me up; I might have to go away for a bit and have a little cry.

    Torturing suspected terrorists’ families? Are you serious? Taking a suspect’s sixty-year old, sweet old biriyani-cooking mother and stripping her naked, chaining her to the ceiling spread-eagled then pulling out her nails and putting electrodes in her anus and vagina? And then taking said suspect’s ten year old sister and doing the same?

    Good gods, I’m going to go and cry now! You nasty people!