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Today the madness of suicide attacks struck at Iraqi workers of the International Red Cross. Not long ago, Palestinian dissident factions attacked a convoy of US aid workers in Gaza, apparently at the instigation of forces hostile to the PNA. The attack was really directed at embarrassing the Palestinian Authority as much as against the USA. Not long before that, a bomb blew up a Shi'a holy man and killed many other Muslims as they were leaving a Mosque after Friday prayers in Iraq. A Zionist extremist group plotted to blow up a Palestinian girls school. Suicide bombings and terror attacks in Israel have killed hundreds of children - Arab children, Jewish children and Muslim children. Children too young to speak. Children killed while they were eating, leaving half-finished bottles of formula. What kind of madmen do these things? What kind of people support such acts, and in the name of what causes?
It seems that everyone is now a "legitimate" target and there is always some excuse. The madness is aimed at just about everyone, and if we don't stop it, we might be next.
Oct 27, 9:27 AM EST
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Car bombers struck the international Red Cross headquarters and three police
The string of bombings, all within less than an hour, was the bloodiest attack yet in the city of 5
President Bush said U.S. progress in Iraq is making insurgents more "desperate" and fueling attacks.
One American soldier was killed in one of the police station attacks and six U.S. troops were
The bombings came hours after clashes in the Baghdad area killed three U.S. soldiers overnight, and
"We feel helpless when see this," a distraught Iraqi doctor said at the devastated Red Cross
Baghdad's al Baya'a police station in the al-Doura neighborhood saw the most deaths, reportedly 15
Ibrahim said the captured bomber was Syrian and blamed foreign fighters for the assault.
In Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad, witnesses said U.S. troops opened fire, killing at least four
At the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross in central Baghdad, witnesses said a
Then, in quick succession, explosions went off at the al-Baya'a, al-Shaab and al-Khadra police
"From what our indications are, none of those bombers got close to the target," U.S. Brig. Gen. Mark
Hertling said he believed the attacks may have been timed with the start of Ramadan in order to
Near the three-story ICRC building, cigarette vendor Ghani Khadim, 50, said he saw an Iraqi
The vehicle had stopped some 60 feet in front of the Red Cross headquarters, "at a line of barrels
The blast blew down a 40-foot section of the ICRC front wall, demolished a dozen cars in the area
The Red Cross staff member said someone began firing off an automatic weapon immediately after the
Red Cross spokeswoman Nada Doumani said more than 100 workers would normally be at ICRC after 9
"Of course we don't understand why somebody would attack the Red Cross," she said. "The Red Cross
In Geneva, Red Cross spokesman Florian Westphal said the ICRC had disclosed in August that it had
"Such an attack is a major blow for us," Westphal said. "It's a big shock. It is obviously
Two buildings away, the explosion devastated the interior of the Al-Nawal private polyclinic
"We feel helpless when we see this," he said. He said he couldn't understand why the Red Cross would
The Red Cross and other international aid organizations had reduced their Baghdad staffs after the
Mouwafak al-Rabii, a Shiite Muslim member of the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council, said the
"There is no doubt about it that we need to change the rules of engagement with these people,"
The rocket attack Sunday struck the Al-Rasheed Hotel, where Wolfowitz was staying at the end of a
But the bold blow at the heart of the U.S. presence here clearly rattled U.S. confidence that it is
"We'll have to get the security situation under control," Secretary of State Colin Powell told NBC's
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