Sunday, May 15, 2005

Iraqi Kids Lead Troops to Weapons

According to a Centcom press release, on May 13, US soldiers were lead to a weapons cache by a group of Iraqi children. The cache, in southeast Baghdad, consisted of three rocket propelled grenades and some fuses, which were destroyed by an explosives ordinance team. But the press release seeks to emphasize the fact that the so-called insurgency has lost most of whatever popular backing it had in the wake of violent terrorist attacks aimed at civilians. Many releases now speak of detaining "specifically targeted" terror suspects. That means they were turned in by Iraqis, fed up with daily terror attacks. And a growing number of Iraqis are identifying the insurgency with foreign fanatics who come to Iraq seeking martyrdom. From the Washington Post:
Who are the suicide bombers of Iraq? By the radicals' account, they are an internationalist brigade of Arabs, with the largest share in the online lists from Saudi Arabia and a significant minority from other countries on Iraq's borders, such as Syria and Kuwait.

Among the dead are students of engineering and English, the son of a Moroccan restaurateur and a smattering of Europeanized Arabs. There are also long lists of names about whom nothing more is recorded than a country of origin and the word "martyr."
Probably a typo for "maniac", but whatever you call them, the world is a better place without them.