Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Psychiatric Hospital Head's Bombers-to-Go Service May Have Been Forced

"Hospital boss arrested over al-Qaeda attack by human boobytraps" "TimesOnline" (UK) (February 12, 2008)

That "hospital boss" is the acting director of al-Rashad psychiatric hospital in east Baghdad. He apparently supplied Al Qaeda with the two retarded women who blew themselves up on February 1. About a hundred people were killed in al-Ghazl and New Baghdad animal markets.

The odds are that the acting director was under pressure when he recruited the women. The hospital's director was killed back in December. His colleagues think, reasonably enough, that Al Qaeda had him shot because he wouldn't supply them with martyrs.

If there's a lesson to be learned here, it's that the War on Terror is going to last a long time.
  • Muslims who believe Allah wants them to kill people they don't approve of aren't likely to give up their beliefs
  • People who don't fit into Osama bin Laden's vision of Islam aren't likely to give up their freedoms - not willingly
This is going to be a long struggle. But not, I think, a hopeless one.

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Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.