Iraq

An Attack on One Is an Attack on All

The most recent mass killing in Iraq in which over 80 have already died is reported by the BBC:

A suicide bomber drove his car at 0630 (0230 GMT) into queues of labourers who had gathered on Baghdad’s Oruba Square, Iraqi police spokesman Maj Musa Abdel Kerim said.

The BBC’s Richard Galpin in Baghdad says that every day large numbers of construction workers gather in the square in the north of the city, waiting to be picked up by their employers.

According to some reports the attacker lured the workers towards the vehicle before detonating the bomb, our correspondent adds.

“We gathered and suddenly a car blew up and turned the area into fire and dust and darkness,” one of the workers, a man named Hadi, told Reuters news agency.

The many wounded were taken to at least four different hospitals. Officials have warned that many of them were so severely wounded that they are unlikely to survive.

Even after a series of these murderous attacks on soft targets it still leaves me open mouthed me that groups and individuals in the UK which call themselves socialist are willing to act as cheerleaders for the fanatics whose desire to maim and kill as many members of the working class as possible must surely be obvious to even the most craven of them by now.

George Galloway of course turns his face from the bloody results of the insurgents’ actions and waxes lyrical about their daring feats:

“These poor Iraqis – ragged people, with their sandals, with their Kalashnikovs, with the lightest and most basic of weapons – are writing the names of their cities and towns in the stars, with 145 military operations every day, which has made the country ungovernable.

“We don’t know who they are, we don’t know their names, we never saw their faces, they don’t put up photographs of their martyrs, we don’t know the names of their leaders.”

Maybe its just as well Galloway and his supporters choose not to know more about those he and his ilk applaud in his trademark cringemaking prose. They aren’t likely to be Iraqi trades unionists or people trying to make a living and provide for their families in the difficult circumstances of postwar Iraq. It should be quite clear that such people are merely the preferred soft targets of the glorious insurgents whose blood is to be spilled by the gallon and turned into snuff videos for the fundamentalist DVD market.

If anyone can explain why slaughtering construction workers on their way to rebuild their country in the circumstances set out above is a legitimate, morally correct thing to do, or even a regrettable but tactically neccessary tactic forced on them by the occupiers, I’d ask them to have the courage of their convictions and spell out their reasoning in the comments so we know what sort of thing we’re dealing with.

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