Thursday, August 13, 2015
The explosion of a truck bomb in Baghdad's central market is a form of speech -- an ugly taunt at the government and proclamation that no one is safe in Iraq from the Islamic State. There is no reasoning with people who use such message transmission. The only safe outcome is use of force to capture and end the explosions. Some communication is beyond the pale of humanity and this is an instance of that. Bombings are so frequent that one wonders why the Iraqi government hasn't cracked down hard on those suspected of doing it and also why security failed to spot the vehicle. Baghdad's citizens have a right to be enraged, but the issue is what is to be done about it. If the Islamic State can bomb at will, the Iraqi government has lost the country.