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Wednesday, February 11, 2004

In a related note to Sunday’s post about Palestinian suicide bombers, in the last two days there have been at least three suicide bombings in Iraq. About seventy people were killed, not to mention all the people maimed and wounded. Will these Iraqi suicide bombings be attributed to a “cycle of violence” or desperation on the part of the bombers and their people, or is such rhetoric reserved only for Palestinian suicide bombers or when the intended victims are Israelis? So far, this appears to be the case. The “It’s the Occupation” excuse doesn’t hold up especially well, either, as the Iraqis who were targeted were hardly unjustly occupying the territory in question. Also, considering that most of them appear to have been killed while waiting in line for civil service jobs, as heinous as such actions may be, it’s hard to see how they could have been contributing to the desperation and other humiliations that everybody knows breeds suicide bombers.

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