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Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Iraq attack resembles a Palestinian car swarm

This excerpt from the NY Times describes only one of the attacks in Iraq today. It shows very clearly (for those who have yet to realize) the nature of these people:
In another attack Wednesday, gunmen in Fallujah attacked two four-wheel-drive civilian vehicles, killing their occupants and setting the cars on fire. Some witnesses said four people were in the vehicles, others said six.

A vehicle burns in Fallujah, west of Baghdad, Wednesday March 31, 2004.
Gunmen in Fallujah attacked two civilian cars that residents said were
carrying up to eight foreign nationals. The occupants of the cars were
killed and their vehicles were set on fire. (AP Photo/Abdel Kader Saadi)

Iraqis dance on a wrecked car attacked 31 March 2004 in the
flashpoint town of Fallujah. At least seven people were killed in
attacks in western Iraq. (AFP/Karim Sahib)

Footage from Associated Press Television News showed one man beating a corpse with a metal pole. Others tied a cord to one of the bodies, attached it to a car and drove it down a street, surrounded by a cheering crowd.

Iraqis mutilate a burnt body of a dead man believed to be a US citizen
who was inside a car attacked in Fallujah. Furious Iraqis hacked up the
charred bodies of two people, believed to be foreign civilians, and hung
the remains from a bridge after their car was ambushed, saying this
rebellious Iraqi town would be the 'cemetery' of US-led occupation forces.
(AFP/Karim Sahib)

An Associated Press reporter saw two blackened bodies hanging from a bridge. "The people of Fallujah hanged some of the bodies on the old bridge like slaughtered sheep,'' resident Abdul Aziz Mohammed said. Some of the corpses were dismembered, he said.

Iraqis chant anti-American slogans on a bridge over the
Euphrates River where charred bodies are hanging in Fallujah,
west of Baghdad, Wednesday March 31 2004. Enraged Iraqis
in this hotbed of anti-Americanism killed four foreigners
Wednesday, including at least one U.S. national, took the
charred bodies from a burning SUV, dragged them through
the streets, and hung them from the bridge spanning the
Euphrates River. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

APTN footage showed the charred bodies of three slain men. Some were wearing flak jackets, said resident Safa Mohammedi.

One resident displayed what appeared to be dog tags taken from one body. Residents also said there were weapons in the targeted cars. APTN footage showed one American passport near a body and a U.S. Department of Defense identification card belonging to another man.

Witnesses said the two vehicles were attacked with small arms fire and rocket propelled grenades.

In conjunction with this, one should also read accounts of interrogations of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, such as this in the Washington Times, which reveal al Qaeda's plans to target the Library Tower in Los Angeles and the Sears Tower in Chicago.
"Those plans were aborted mainly because of the decisive U.S. response to the New York and Washington attacks, which disrupted the terrorist organization's plans so thoroughly that it could not proceed."

Somehow, I believe matters of Arab Muslim intent and atrocities overshadow domestic concerns such as health care and education. Or even taxes. Whaddaya think?