Two suicide car bomb attacks have killed at least 55 people and wounded another 135, as Iraq Soccer fans celebrated their 4-3 victory over South Korea in the Asian Cup Semifinal. Thousands had filled the streets of the capital, Baghdad, in a rare showing of unity as they supported their national soccer team. But the party didn’t last long as the first of the blasts hit the Mansour District killing 30 people, and the second blast killed another 25 people at an army checkpoint in East Baghdad. In a day which was supposed to be reserved for joy, extremists turned it into another day of carnage. Just as the national team is made up of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds, the historic win and the chance for greater glory brought out members of all those communities. “I am very happy because this happiness is not only for the team but for all Iraqis,” one man yelled on the streets. “God willing, the joy would prevail.” Unfortunately for him and others, the joy did not prevail.

In a place where tribal conflicts and sectarian violence has thrived over the past 4 years, suicide attacks are just part of another day. But these attacks on innocent civilians coming together – for the first time in years, albeit – is proof that the insurgents are not fighting for power or control. They are cowards trying to split the nation apart. They are dastards who are being blindly led to destruction. They are no different from the very oppressors they are “standing up to.” The global powers have indeed taken advantage of the weak and have instilled instability in our world. It is also no secret that the United States has made some mistakes along the road during their occupation of Iraq. But neither gives fanatics the right to massacre an entire people for their own selfish beliefs. These insurgents are not interested in the advancement of a nation, they are interested in pleasing their masters, and being fooled to believe that they are acting in the name of God.

It is ever more proof that our “War On Terror” must start with the young and must be based on educating, cooperating, and assisting those interested in securing a stable existence. The dissapointment was described best by Ahmed Sattar, a 28-year old Shiite who said, “I can’t imagine what I had seen, the terrorist changed the happiness to sorrow, sadness. The place of joy was converted to a massacre in a matter of seconds. I’m wondering why.” So are we Ahmed.

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