If you’ve been wracking your brains trying to extract some meaning from the horrific violence in Baghdad today in which at least 120 people lost their lives:
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden truck in a crowded Baghdad market Saturday, killing at least 128 people and wounding 343 others, a Health Ministry official said.
The blast, which destroyed nearby buildings and vehicles, occurred in Sedriya, a mixed neighborhood of Sunni Arabs, Shiites and Kurds.
Many people were still trapped under the rubble, and news footage showed myriad victims being wheeled on stretchers into hospitals. The immense number of wounded forced hospitals in the area to redirect patients to other hospitals around the city.
The Health Ministry official said the death toll was likely to rise significantly.
Col. Pat Lang has digested an explanation into five short paragraphs in his post, “The Message in the Body Count”. Here’s the longest of the paragraphs:
We Sunni Arabs will fight before, during and after your withdrawal to end up with at least a parity of power with the Kurds and Shia Arabs. Our brothers “outside” will help us. They will tell you Americans whatever you are gullible enough to believe about their relationship to us and to the the Israelis, but they will help us. When you are gone we will fight the Shia, the Iranians, maybe the jihadis if they try to rule us, but we will fight.
You owe it to yourself to read the whole thing. It will take less than a minute of your time.