More than 130 people were killed and 500 wounded yesterday in the deadliest attacks Iraq has seen in two years. Two simultaneous car bombs were exploded Sunday in Baghdad, damaging the Justice Ministry and provincial council buildings.
New York Times reporter Timothy Williams described the attacks as, “Leaving a scene of carnage that raised new questions about the government’s ability to secure its most vital operations.”
Al Jazeera described the scene a bit more graphically:
“Sunday’s explosions left streets littered with charred bodies and torn-off limbs, and buildings in ruins.”
While Iraqi officials are initially blaming the attacks on al-Qaeda and remnants of Saddam Hussein’s Baathist regime, some believe the attacks to be part of a larger political strategy to undermine the current president and gain support in the January elections. Iraqi analyst Ahmed Rushdi, believes the attacks to be an “electoral strategy.”
“Al-Maliki represents the Dawa party, which is [from] the Shia majority, and we have elections in January,” Rushdi said. “He will say … “I’m going to protect you from al-Qaeda and pro-Baathists. “It’s always al-Qaeda and pro-Baathist [elements that are blamed]. There is no talking about security infiltration, or the security failures in the Iraqi government.”
It’s frustrating not to know what is actually taking place in Iraq and Afghanistan. To be sure, al-Qaeda an other terror networks are not to be trusted, but what of the media and the governments it caters to? To be so far removed from the actual events, without witnessing them in person, all one can do is hope one is not being lied to.