There are some stories that are so poetic, they’re almost funny. Oh sure, they’re horrific as well, but with a humorous bent and since most of the Horror Show Sunday stories are such downers, pretty much of necessity, I think it’s time to lighten the mood a little.
In a secluded Muslim terrorist training camp, just north of Baghdad, an instructor, trying to explain how the suicide explosive belt works, accidentally set one off, killing himself and 21 of his students, belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group. The group, which is an off-shoot of Al-Qaeda, has recently been disavowed by Al-Qaeda as being too violent. That’s something when Al-Qaeda thinks you’re too extreme.
Nobody seems to care though, in fact, pretty much everyone interviewed was happy that it happened. “This is so funny,” Raad Hashim said. “It shows how stupid they are, those dogs and sons of dogs. This is God showing justice. This is God sending a message to the bad people and the criminals in the world, to tell them to stop the injustice and to bring peace. Evil will not win in the end. It’s always life that wins over death.”
Mr. Hashim isn’t the only one who celebrated the explosion. An unidentified person, living near the ministry building that was recently targetted by another attack, said, “I heard this today when my friend rang me in the afternoon to tell me about it. He was so happy as if he was getting married. Which made me happy as well. I hope that their graves burn and all the rest of them burn as well. I was not happy with the number killed, though: I wanted more of them to die, as I remember my friend who was killed by a suicide bomber in 2007.”
Iraq, for all of the victory speeches we give, is facing some of the worst violence in more than 5 years. Over 9,000 people have been killed in the last year, 1,000 in the last month alone. I can certainly understand why local residents are cheering at the death of those who have taken so many people from them so senselessly.
Mr. Hashim wraps this up nicely. “What happened today was not death, but it was life to us. Those 22 who were killed today might have killed hundreds of Iraqis, hundreds of innocent souls. May they burn in hell.”
Well, not hell obviously, but at least they have a home in the Religious Horror Show.