Monday, August 6, 2007

Terrorists and children

Suicide truck blast kills 28 in northern Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq
CNN.com

"A suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden truck into a village near the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar on Monday, killing at least 28 people and wounding 50 others, an Iraqi army official said.
At least 19 of those killed were children
, Brig. Gen. Najim Abdullah told The Associated Press.
The blast left a 10-foot crater in the ground and damaged 10 homes in the Shiite Turkmen village of Qubbak, about six miles (10 kilometers) northeast of Tal Afar, the army official told CNN.
The suicide bomber used a dump truck and covered his deadly wares in a layer of gravel, Abdullah told the AP..."


How, I wonder, can such people possibly be human? While any form of terrorism is nothing less than shocking, targeting children seems to be the most ruthless, psychotically twisted form of assault. And it doesn't even make sense. These terrorists are no longer even targeting their so-called "enemies;" rather, they're going after innocent victims who don't even have the wherewithal to take a side. Normally, I would characterize terrorist activities as horrific and evil yet grounded in entirely sane and calculated decisions. After all, if we call Adolf Hitler or Osama Bin Laden insane, then we essentially excuse and condone their behaviors. But how can going after hordes of defenseless children and killing indiscriminately like this possibly have any rational basis? It's a mind-boggling, nauseating issue... What are these terrorists even getting out of their ploys, besides hatred from the rest of the world and resentment from their uninvolved families?

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