World wide media frenzy continues a week after deadliest terrorist attack since 911, world leaders promise to bring the killers to justice
Yes, last Tuesday was the worst terrorist attack since 9/11, hundreds of men, women, and children were blown to bits as they went about their daily business. A week later, and they are a footnote in the news. If they had been stockbrokers in New York or coeds in Virginia the media frenzy would be ongoing and Americans would be screaming for justice. Instead, the model democratic government we installed in Iraq has announced that they can’t even be bothered to search the ruins for the 200 or so victims still unaccounted for. The humanity of it all just makes shivers run down my spine.
I mean, I guess they weren’t even Christians or Muslims, so who cares? I waited a week to see how this story would play in the media. For the most part, it didn’t. Hundreds of innocents dead and it’s just another blip in the daily carnage in Iraq. See, this is why they hate us. Or more on point, why many people in the world loathe the America. Many Americans don’t seem to even notice when brown people die, let alone recognize our role in their deaths.
It’s depressing really. For those interested, last Tuesday there was a coordinated truck bomb suicide attack on two Yazidi villages in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq. The Yazidis are primarily ethnic Kurds who practise a pre Islamic monotheistic faith. There’s tens of thousands or possibly hundreds of thousands of them living in Iraq, who knew? I didn’t, and I’m more informed than most on the subject of who lives in Iraq.
The Pentagon immediately blamed the attacks on Al-Qaeda. Of course the Pentagon always blames the most politically expedient enemy, Pentagon pronouncements have no bearing on reality. And no mention was made of the reality that there was no Al Qaeda-in-Iraq before the USA occupied and started running the place. And that’s basically the end of the it. If the Maliki government can’t even search the rubble for bodies and survivors, obviously there’s not going to be any investigation. The Yazidi will bury their dead, some imaged above, and go about their lives.
Did America cause this attack? Of course not. Did America want this to happen? Of course not. Is America responsible for this attack? Well, we were the ones who turned Iraq into one of the world’s worst failed states with our misguided crusade in a land most Americans would have trouble finding on a map. Iraq didn’t dissolve into chaos and violence on its own, it took the utter destruction of the Baathist central government and Paul Bremer’s incompetent occupation policies to do that. Are Americans responsible for that? You tell me.
Lord, thou art gracious,
Thou art Lord; I am nothingness,
I am a fallen sinner,
A sinner by thee remembered.
Thou hast led us out of darkness into light.
Lord! My sin and my guilt,
Take them and remove them.
O God, O God, O God, Amen!
Excerpt from the Yazidi Book of Revelation
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