Thursday, May 26, 2005


Or what? You'll release the dogs or the bees? Or the dogs with bees in their mouths and when they bark they shoot bees at you?

I'm so utterly sick of terrorism. Especially this crap:

Explosives attached to a dog

May 27, 2005

IRAQ insurgents attached explosives to a dog today in a bid to bomb a military convoy near the northern oil centre of Kirkuk but the animal was the only casualty, police said.

The insurgents wrapped an explosive belt around the dog's body and detonated it as the convoy passed through Dakuk, 40km south of Kirkuk, the town's police chief Colonel Mohammed Barzaji said.

"The dog was torn apart by the explosion which caused neither injury among the soldiers nor any damage," said Barzaji, adding that the bomb had been detonated outside a Shiite mosque.

"Eight suspects have been detained," he said.

It is not the first time that animals have been used in insurgent attacks. In 2003, donkey carts were used to conceal makeshift multiple rocket launchers in a flurry of attacks in Baghdad.

Animal carcasses and even human corpses have also been used to conceal explosives.

Poor little guy!!!

And seriously, I still feel like we missed an amazing opportunity on September 12, 2001. There and then was a time to figure out how to STOP terrorism in its various forms. September 11 was a day unlike any other in human history, due to the immense power and immediacy of the images and the magnitude of the physical distruction. Why couldn't the world have gotten together and figured out not just how to respond to terrorism, but how to invalidate it as an effective tool. It was a failure of imagination, is what it was. And it was the immense arrogance of George W. Bush, to think that he, and he alone, was called by God to be THE leader during that time. A man with all the answers (unlike the rest of us, who had few). And somehow we allowed it. Now terrorism is greater than ever in the world. And they use dogs.


[On a sidenote, as I was driving back from Ohio, noticing all the SUPPORT THE TROOOOOOOOOOOOPS big ribbon magnets on the SUVs driving by, it struck me that the people who ask us to support the troops, and thus keep quiet about the failures of the troops' superiors, are the same people who are quickest to point their fingers at the troops (the "bad apples") when things go wrong (Abu Ghraib, Koran desecration, recruiting scandals), rather than the policymakers. I know this isn't a new insight, but those big MAGNET MANIA ribbons on the SUVs strike me as extremely perverse, particularly since we're not supposed to think that this war is for oil.]

[Also, I like the double meaning of this magnet:]

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