58 die in suicide attackHo, hum, you say. Just another day in Iraq. And yes, it is just another day in Iraq, one filled with flying bits of blood, bone and other assorted organs. It doesn't say how many were children. Ho, hum. It does say that it was "crowded with people buying tea, soft drinks and snacks." Guess there were children there. Ho, hum.
Some residents who rushed to the scene made gruesome discoveries in the blazing wreckage. "After the bomb I went over there and found my son's head. I could not find his body," said Mohsen Jassim, whose son was 18.
George Bush doesn't believe in Science (that's with a capital S). Oh, of course, he does trust his staff to patch up his bicycle wounds (I wouldn't advise a child to ride his bike again if that child had as many accidents as our Pres; I'd get a head scan). One assumes that his medical staff aren't witch doctors or shamen, though that would be something that might have kept us out of Iraq. What G.W. doesn't believe in is the scientific method. That is, one that postulates a theory, e.g. Iraq tried to buy uranium from Niger, then collects evidence, e.g. sends a former ambassador to scout it out, and then makes a decision based on the evidence at hand, e.g. Iraq didn't try to buy uranium in Niger in the late 90's since there was little evidence to support the theory. It doesn't work that way in G.W. World, where the laws of Science don't hold. As Josh Marshall says, in G.W. World, up is down.
What G.W. believes in is a type of Scientology called Politology. He has constructed a view of the world that has everything revolve around the planet "himself" and his tight circle of wealthy pols. Things aren't based on evidence, they are based on whatever is politically expedient. Exhibit A in this is, of course, the great, past shenanigans of Karl Rove and the Iraq War gang in their movie, "How I Subverted the Constitution of the U. S. of A. while looking like Porky Pig."
Children should not be getting blown to bits anywhere in the world, particularly where we are somehow responsible for their well being, e.g. Iraq. It is a simple, scientific problem.
Theory1: Children are getting blown to bits because men and women have decided that this is the only thing they can do to rid themselves of an occupying force (Americm Britain and a few others in Iraq and Afghanistan; Israel and America in Palestine). It has extended to America on 9/11 and London on 7/7. It has extended to multiple other sites in the last 35 years (it started in 1971 on the tarmac of the airport in Cairo).
Theory2: Children are getting blown to bits ..... etc. because "they hate our freedom."
Evidence: The men and women who do this appear to have an inexhaustible supply of explosives and there appears to be an inexhaustible supply of recruits. Forays into Afghanistan, first hailed as a success, but more recently sinking back into chaos, and Iraq have done nothing but exacerbate the problem. However, we have no real insight into the psychology of the terrorist.
Conclusion1: We have little or no evidence if this theory is correct. However, it has not been proven wrong. It is an open theory.
Conclusion2: There is no evidence to support theory2. We have been operating on a probably faulty theory for four years. Any real scientist in his right mind would go back to the drawing boards.
We need lots more information as to why those who will give their lives as a suicide bomber will do it. I confess that I don't understand. But then, I'm sitting here in a comfortable room without the threat of flying body parts.
And G.W. can go talk to Tom Cruise. I'm not interested in what either of them says. Its all Politology.
The only people who have benefited from this are the stockholders of Haliburton. If Haliburton is anything like medical insurance companies, i.e. if it follows the corporate rule, then "stockholders" are principally a small coterie of men and women who are on the Board of Directors and who own almost all the assets and receive most of the wealth. Incidentally, they also got G.W. elected. But, that is our problem, not the problem of the children of Iraq.
Final thought: Freedom is an abstract. You don't care about abstracts if your child is sailing past you along with the body parts of other children. You simply want "it" to stop.