Friday, April 13, 2007

Iraqi Lawmakers Defiant After Bombing

Though the headline of this AP story was written to give al Qaeda publicity, the real story is both the revision of the death toll downward from eight to one, and the defiant tone set by Iraqi representatives, some of whom are still bandaged from the blast:
Al-Qaida-linked group claims Iraq blast

BAGHDAD - An insurgent umbrella group that includes al-Qaida in Iraq claimed Friday one of its "knights" carried out the parliament suicide bombing in Baghdad's Green Zone, and the U.S. military revised the death toll sharply downward to one dead...

"The more they (terrorists) act, the more solid we become. When they take from us one martyr, we will offer more martyrs," Vice President Adil Abdul-Mahdi said. "The more they target our unity, the stronger our unity becomes."
While the Iraqi lawmakers were the immediate victims, the real targets were the Western journalists cowering in the Green Zone.