The Corruption of the Loaves and Fishes
The Sydney Morning Herald has details on the attack which killed 149 Shi'ite pilgrims. The first bomber drew his victims closer by handing out cakes. Then after the explosion the next bomber drew in more victims by waiting for rescuers to rush to the stricken.
In Hillah, a southern city on the road to the holy city of Karbala, a suicide bomber drew people in by handing them food, an age-old custom during the annual Arbaeen religious festival.
"The first bomber with the explosive belt was giving cakes to the pilgrims," said one survivor. The next bomber waited a few minutes for relatives and friends to rush to the wounded.
It's hard to remember, through all of this, that it is terrorist groups who are actively, purposely and cruelly killing innocent people and that it is the United States led forces which are trying to protect them. Whatever the failures or inabilities of the guardians this distinction must never be forgotten. It is the mark of the moral corruption of the current debate that the ethical roles are often inverted by those should know better. That these murderers are evil should go without saying. But it is a terrible commentary on our civilization that it should now be necessary to repeat the most elementary of things: that the names of the guilty are not the names of the innocents.
If we forget this, then nothing is worth remembering.