Baghdad: Killing Worshippers On Their Knees Is Part of Evil Game

While 78 people and counting are dead from bombing at Baghdad Mosque it’s hard to find sanity, but there is hope


June 19, 2007

If killing is part of every day life in much of the Middle East, if it is so ingrained into the culture of thousands if not millions of people, why would the U.S. continue to stick itself in the middle of this barbaric field of horror?

A truck bomb struck a Shiite mosque Tuesday in central Baghdad, killing 78 people and wounding more than 200, even as about 10,000 U.S. soldiers northeast of the capital used heavily armored Stryker and Bradley fighting vehicles to battle their way into an al-Qaida sanctuary, Associated Press is reporting.

These killers did not look to see who is wearing what uniform, where their allegiance lies, young or old, women or men, of the same faith or not…they just plain wanted to kill as many people as possible.

It did not matter that they were on their knees…defenseless.

I supported the ousting of Saddam Hussein, even by military means. As far as I’m concerned he was the weapon of mass destruction. However, to remain in a country where killing is as commonplace as pro football games in the U.S. during the fall? Maybe it’s time to take a harder look at why we are in Iraq.

AP: The thunderous explosion at the Khillani mosque in the capital’s commercial area of Sinak sent smoke billowing over concrete buildings. Gunfire erupted shortly after the blast, which police said occurred in a parking lot near the mosque, causing the outer wall and a building just inside it to crumble.

Police and hospital officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they feared retribution, said at least 78 people were killed and 204 were wounded, adding that the toll could rise as bodies were pulled from the debris.

The mosque’s imam, Sheik Saleh al-Haidari, said it was a truck bomb and the explosion hit worshippers as they were leaving afternoon prayers.

This attack was planned and carried out by sick souls, damaging the mosque’s outer wall and collapsing my office and the room above it,” al-Haidari told The Associated Press by telephone.

“There are number of bodies being pulled from the rubble and a number of worshippers were killed or injured,” he said, adding that he was not inside the mosque when the blast occurred.

This attack was planned and carried out by sick souls. I could not have said it better myself.

I have no solution. Immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops? Or, continued military presence? Neither option seems like a winning situation.

But there is hope in God, even at times when it seems there is no hope. He has a plan. We may not know about it, but our faith in Him can sustain us.

What is our part of the deal? How can we contribute?

We can pray for divine intervention in the Middle East. Let’s leave the solution to Him.

He is are only hope during this evil game.

Shiite mosque bombing

A thunderous explosion at the Khillani mosque in the Baghdad’s commercial area of Sinak sent smoke billowing over concrete buildings. The death toll is at 78 and still rising. (AP)

One thought on “Baghdad: Killing Worshippers On Their Knees Is Part of Evil Game

  1. There surely doesn’t seem to be any short-term solution to this mess that will quell the violence and restore any real sense of order to the region. There are compelling arguments to all sides who are in any way involved with this conflict-stricken region.

    There seems to be as many reasons to stay or leave now as there were to go over there in the first place. The escalation of violence, although not surprising, is disappointing if not regrettable. It’s easy to rationalize that things should now run their course as they will without further intervention but on the other hand fellow human beings “live” in such a dangerous, threatening environment.

    The alliance of nations in an attempt to thwart terrorism and other forms of seemingly barbaric acts against humanity on the outside seems such a noble and logical approach to such mayhem. Can we truly and with all good conscience take a step back in avoidance of such atrocity while innocent people suffer at the hands of those who harbour ill will for the sake of empowerment, religious angst, or whatever other motivation drives them to kill, themselves seemingly without conscience?

    I can only imagine that if we here in the western world lived in such chaos we would surely welcome some sort of external intervention were we not capable of effectively addressing the situation locally.

    We take so much for granted here where freedom and a safe environment are the norm (for most). When life and liberty are so horribly discarded for a cause, then what? What desperate anticipation would we have that other nations would come to our aid, especially having the kind of life that we do?

    Perhaps some day peoples worldwide will lay down arms long enough to grasp something powerful enough within that will stop the carnage whether that be faith, bold vision, courage, will…whatever it takes to recognize there has to be another way.

    Until then the death toll rises daily, soldiers, innocent men, women and children included, the headlines continue to pour in around the globe…and a nation is slowly reduced to ruin. No-one is winning here…just plain tragic.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s