Can’t win for losing….
It took a a “war of choice” to remind us of The Law of Unintended Consequences:
“I don’t know what kind of Iraqi could do something like this against other Iraqis, exactly at the time when the checkpost would be most crowded,” said Daud, 26, his voice shaking with bewildered rage as he described what he had seen: a pickup truck exploding a few yards away from him as dozens of people filed in to work, women screaming, men rushing to help the wounded, bodies falling, a girl with her feet blown off.
Daud speculated that the suicide bombers must have come from somewhere else, “from Palestine, or from Osama” bin Laden, he said with disgust, “who thinks he is the new Islamic prophet.”
Then the wounded man’s anger took another turn. “It’s all the Americans’ fault,” he said. “They should help us as they promised they would.”
All day, on streets near the main U.S. compound entrance and in hospital rooms filled with bloodied patients and weeping relatives, victims and witnesses expressed impotent rage at the attackers and disbelief that Iraqi bombers could have deliberately targeted their fellow citizens.
Some also voiced frustration and bitterness at the massive U.S. military presence in Iraq, which they said had brought on the calamity and failed to protect them. Many Iraqis pointed out that almost all the wounded and dead were Iraqis, and they said that the attackers’ motive was to punish or intimidate Iraqis for working with the Americans.
At Yarmouk Hospital, Riadh Jamal Haider, 26, lay recovering from a chest wound with tubes crisscrossing his body. He described how he had been waiting at the checkpost when the bomb exploded and his chest began gushing blood “like water from a faucet,” before he fell and lost consciousness. Haider’s brother, hovering beside his bed, suddenly pushed several news photographers away, his voice erupting in anger.
“This incident was not against the Americans. They were very far away. This was against the Iraqis because they were working inside” the U.S. compound, he said. “Please tell me exactly what the Americans are doing here. They ruined everything, and now they are just standing here, unable to do anything. All these civilians are dying, and young people have no support — that’s why they work at these jobs. If the Americans can’t do anything, let them leave this country.”
Some Iraqis who were wounded, or whose cars were damaged in the blast, expressed bitterness that they had suffered while the Americans, including officials sheltered inside the compound and soldiers guarding it, had emerged mostly unscathed. Iraqi civilian employees, police and passersby bore the brunt of the morning rush-hour devastation, which left at least 24 people dead and wounded more than 60.
This is what happens when the dog finally catches the car.
He doesn’t know what to do with it.