Friday, February 01, 2008

Involuntary 'Suicide' Bombers.

There was a pair of suicide bombs in Iraq today that killed more than 65 people, one of the highest death tolls in recent months. What makes the attack particularly awful is the choice of human bombers:
Two mentally disabled women were strapped with explosives Friday and sent into busy Baghdad markets, where they were blown up by remote control, a top Iraqi government official said.
Horrific though it is the treatment of these two women is it does say something about the situation in Iraq that is by no means a bad thing. The supply of voluntary* bombers is diminishing. In Afghanistan the Taliban have long found it difficult to recruit suicide bombers and instead rely on tricking or coercing the mentally ill, the mentally disabled, drug addicts and young children into becoming bombs. This means that the bombs tend to take fewer lives as the carriers of the suicide belts have little enthusiasm about mass murder.

* Even the voluntary ones are brainwashed dupes usually.