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Are We Responsible For This?

I don’t know about you, but prior to our invasion of Iraq, I didn’t consider the casual suicide bombing incident. Moreover, it was clear to me that we had no cause to feel remotely responsible for this nutty behavior.

This all changed when George Bush pulled the trigger and decided that invading Iraq was good for our national security (and worth doing over say spending more money on public schools or homes for the homeless in the USA, but that’s another post). These days, I feel like crying when I read reports such as this:

For the second time in two days, a suicide bomber struck outside a Shiite mosque in Diyala Province north of Baghdad on Thursday, as worshipers prepared for one of the most important days in the Shiite calendar. The police and witnesses said at least 11 people were killed.

Sure, no American casualties occurred in this instance, but the bigger question is to what degree are we responsible for this event? If we had not gone into Iraq would there be an environment there that would prevent such attacks? Do we bear some burden of responsibili ty for the deaths?

I know some would say “no, it’s the bombers own.” On the flip side, if we were not there, perhaps there would have been no cause for this bomber to execute these people. Thus, the causal relationship could be drawn that indicates we own some sliver of responsibili ty for it. What say you?

On another front, I can’t imagine what it would be like to live in a place where suicide bombers were a fact of life, but this quote sheds some light on it:

People go to the bazaar and make jokes: ‘Is this going to be my last trip?’HUMA IR BILOUR, on violence by militants in Peshawar, Pakistan.

I still think that if we had, instead of launching a massive and massively expensive operation in Iraq and directed our resources toward thousands of surgical operations executed by expertly trained special forces units, we could and would have produced a much better climate in the Middle East at this point in time. More importantly, we would have perhaps captured or killed those who would do us harm rather than the massive amounts of civilians that are the collateral damage justified by the Bush Administrati on in their glorious “freedom spreading” experiment.

Unfortunatel y, that’s not the way our “leaders” directed the operations. And in the end, I do believe, that we bear the burden of some responsibili ty for these types of events, which is most certainly not an improvement over the way things were before we invaded Iraq.

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3 Responses to “Are We Responsible For This?”

  1. I guess if it was our policy to control them the way Sadam did then there would be much outrage. But when he was torturing ,killing and throwing everyone in jail no one seemed to mind.
    Yes the incidents may be more but the ideology has alwasy and will remain there as long as they keep breeding that type of behavior. Remember the suicide mission that was carried out on US soil that killed 3000?
    It’s not like that would have been the last time .
    Now to answer the question are we responsible? For the escalation of it yes somewhat. For the way.

  2. First, they are not suicide bombers. They are homicide bombers! Suicide bombers implies that they only intended to blow themselves up, but happened to harm others in the process. We know this not to be the case. They intend to kill as many people as they can when they blow themselves up, thus they are homicide bombers.

    I guess we should accept responsibili ty for these homicide bombers. After all, they are simply the people who supported Saddam and weren’t therefore the ones he was torturing, raping, and murdering were they?

  3. Um..Indy..yo ur way off base and you know it. You are really good at you work for BushCo?

    Just like our military doesn’t include the deaths of Iraqi’s that were shot in the back of the head..your argument is full of holes too.

    The suicide bombers are a product of OUR war in Iraq, not Saddam. To believe otherwise is down right idiotic.

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