Worth a thousand words

A man inspects bloodstained copies of the Koran a day after a blast occurred inside Umm al-Qura mosque in Baghdad’s Ghazaliya district August 29, 2011.


A suicide bomber posing as a beggar detonated his explosives inside a major Baghdad Sunni mosque on Sunday, killing at least 24 people, including an Iraqi lawmaker, just as they finished evening prayers, hospital and local officials said.

The bomber wearing a cast on his arm blew himself up in the main hall of the Umm al-Qura mosque, an important Sunni religious site in Baghdad and one frequented by top Iraqi Sunni leaders in the capital’s western Ghazaliya district.

Attacks on Sunni and Shi’ite mosques are especially sensitive in Iraq where a power-sharing government still struggles to overcome the sectarian slaughter that dragged Iraq to the edge of civil war after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

“The suicide bomber entered pretending he was hurt. He entered the main prayer area. We started to get suspicious. But when the prayers finished, he blew himself up,” said Ahmed Abdul Razaq, who was at the mosque.

Photo by Reuters


  1. Terrorism is the ultimate denial of human dignity. Those who practice it for whatever reason are deceived, deluded or used by the Devil himself. Am old enough to remember the Red Faction Brigades, the PLO, ETA, IRA, Hamas, and many others that committed multiple acts of murder in the name of secular political causes. Whatever the motive, religious, political, ideological or criminal an act of terror is an act against God. In Monterrey Mexico over 50 people were burned alive by armed thugs last week including men, women, children in a bingo casino, not in the name of religion or politics, but as intimidation from drug gangs. God have mercy on as all and may he change the dark hearts that use murder for whatever reason they think is justified.

  2. Another consideration for the western Chicken Littles: a faith that finds its factions bloodying each other and tearing themselves apart is going to triumph over the Culture of Greed?

    Rudy is right: those of darkened heart are everywhere. God help them all into the light.

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