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Good News: Baghdad Bomb Blasts Not Atomic

Posted on 26 October 2009

Iraq Suicide BombingThe death toll from Sunday’s two suicide bombs in Baghdad, one of Iraq’s bloodiest attacks in years, has risen to 155 with more than 500 wounded, police said on Monday.

Sunday’s bombings, near the Justice Ministry and the Baghdad provincial government building, ripping through cars and people, was the bloodiest in Iraqi capital since mid-2007.

World leaders condemned the attacks and Iraqi officials pointed a finger at al Qaeda and remnants of former dictator Saddam Hussein’s government. Opposition politicians blamed the security forces.

Officials have blamed unnamed neighbors for not stopping the attacks — a reference to Iraqi complaints that Syria provides a safe haven for former Baathists while citizens of other Sunni Muslim states help fund the insurgency in Iraq. Iran, meanwhile, has been accused of funding and arming Shi’ite militia.

[IMHO, much too much obsessing about Israel being “wiped off the map” by a nuclear Iran and not nearly enough about the immediate threat it would pose to Iran’s neighbors. I mean, if you can make a nuclear weapon that fits on the end of a missile, how hard is it to pack the thing into the back of a van or the hold of a ship for the short trip to – take your pick – Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, or Turkey? Hey, but Obama wants to let diplomacy run its course, so who I am to argue? Most adult Americans will be dead long before Iran could deliver a nuclear weapon here anyway. Say hi to the kids for me, OK? –Dan Friedman]