TWO days ago, al Qaeda det onated four massive truck bombs in three Iraqi vil lages, killing at least 250 civilians (perhaps as many as 500) and wounding many more. The bombings were a sign of al Qaeda's frustration, desperation and fear.
The victims were ethnic Kurd Yazidis, members of a minor sect with pre-Islamic roots. Muslim extremists condemn them (wrongly) as devil worshippers. The Yazidis live on the fringes of society.
That's one of the two reasons al Qaeda targeted those settlements: The terrorist leaders realize now that the carnage they wrought on fellow Muslims backfired, turning once-sympathetic Sunni Arabs against them. The fanatics calculated that Iraqis wouldn't care much about the Yazidis.
As far as the Thieves of Baghdad (also known as Iraq's government) go, the terrorists were right. Iraqi minorities, including Christians, have been classified as fair game by Muslim butchers. Mainstream Iraqis simply look away.
But the second reason for those dramatic bombings was that al Qaeda needs to portray Iraq as a continuing failure of U.S. policy. Those dead and maimed Yazidis were just props: The intended audience was Congress.
Harry "the war is lost" Reid and the Democrats eager for defeat should be immensely proud...at least someone finds their negativism and surrender mentality encouraging.
From a purely psychological perspective, they have not been your typical run-of-the-mill type of cold war useful idiots; they have taken useful idiocy to the next level and become both cheerleaders and pimps for Al Qaeda murderers. The lofty ideals they tend to espouse with such regularity pale next to their desire to recover their lost power and glory; and live once again in the White House.
As Peter's suggests, Al Qaeda recognizes that "slaughtering the innocent [is] their only remaining hope of pulling off a come-from-way-behind win"; and that this maneuver is designed to convince "your senator and your congressman or -woman that it's politically expedient to hand a default victory to a defeated al Qaeda."
Sigmund, Carl & Alfred today have a thought-provoking post on good versus evil, and make the comment:
That we inspire good in ourselves, families and communities, serves to inspire those that are destined to do great things that may benefit all of us. By appealing to our higher selves, we pass on good with ease. By nature, we want to be good. The growth of democracy and freedoms prove that. Of course, there will be the fools for whom it is a calling to do more than to point out our flaws and failures along the road of progress. They offer nothing but contempt for those who see freedom as the highest form of man’s elevation. They too, will be forgotten.
The evil that the Democrats are doing and have done at the behest of their leftist base is repugnant. That they do it without even even the slightest appreciation of the number of innocent deaths they have enabled terrorists to take; and without a shred of shame at all the blood that stains their self-serving and narcissistic motives, is thoroughly and utterly contemptible.
Siggy goes on to note that:
Great societies and cultures are always measured by what they build, not by what they destroy. Great religions are measure by how many lives are saved in God’s name, not by how many are taken in God’s name. Great nations are measured by how many people are elevated to freedom and not by how many are enslaved and deprived of freedom.
The lives of each one of our military personnel is precious; that they have chosen to bring freedom to those enslaved and hope to those without it is what makes our country great. Those who have died doing so are treasured and honored for their gift.
They will be remembered, long after the apologists and enablers of the evil that killed them are forgotten. Their sacrifice will endure, long after the crocodile tears and sham concern of all those caring leftist "patriots" who "support the troops" have dried up as they find even more ways to undermine America and move on in their quest for a neo-marxist utopian nirvana.