Thursday, August 16, 2007


Michael Yon meeting death in Bali and in his memories of Iraq at the same time that proud Freedom Fighters were sending four bombs among the Yezidis.

More than 200 people [perhaps 500] were murdered by suicide bombers. Like they had done in New York. Like they had done in London. Like they had done in Bali. Mass murder. I had visited a couple of Yezidi villages in Iraq in 2005, and written about them, and now was their turn to suffer again. Today while Komang’s parents suffer in Bali, there are probably Yezidi children with no parents. Children who are injured and afraid and suddenly alone. All for nothing. All because of savages.

Yon had been to a Yezdinar village in 2005.

Why this new variation on the al-Queda CNN Moment?

The bombings were a sign of al Qaeda's frustration, desperation and fear...The terrorist leaders realize now that the carnage they wrought on fellow Muslims backfired, turning once-sympathetic Sunni Arabs against them...But the second reason for those dramatic bombings was that al Qaeda needs to portray Iraq as a continuing failure of U.S. policy. Those dead and maimed Yazidis were just props: The intended audience was Congress.

Let's hope that Congress hears the right message.

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