Pair of Car Bombs in Iraq Kill Dozens, Including Many ChildrenDoes anyone think there would be less of this if the U.S. were to cut and run from Iraq? Well, there might eventually be less of it if the Ba'athists who are behind it were to retake power. Then the atrocities would go on as before -- behind the scenes, where the squeamish of the world could pretend that nothing is amiss.
By DEXTER FILKINS
Published: September 30, 2004
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Sept. 30 — In one of the most horrific attacks here since the fall of Saddam Hussein, a pair of car bombs tore through a street celebration today at the opening of a new government-built sewer plant, killing 41 Iraqi civilians, at least 34 of them children, and wounding 139 people.
The bombs exploded seconds apart, creating a chaotic scene of dying children and grieving parents, some of them holding up the blood-soaked clothes of their young, and howling in lament. Arms and legs lay amid pools of blood, with some survivors pointing to the walls of the sewer plant, now spattered with flesh....
To paraphrase President Bush: You're either for decency or you're against it. And if you're for it you sometimes have to fight for it. And the fight often is unpleasant. But the alternative is surrender to the forces of evil. And I do mean evil -- of the sort that was unleashed against the children of Baghdad today.