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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Another Bombing... A Good Bomb Or A Bad Bomb ?

Damascus Bombing

When bombs go off in Boston, they are "bad". When they go off in Damascus, some people who abuse their access to the public forum state that they are "good", at least in the sense that they are obviously set by people we seem to be supporting.
At least 13 people have been killed and many more injured by a powerful explosion in Syria's capital, Damascus, state media and activists say.
A bomb is believed to have been detonated in a square in the central district of Marjeh. Civilians and security personnel are among the dead.
Sporadic gunfire was heard in the area after the blast...

Tuesday's bomb attack took place near a hotel, shopping centre and interior ministry building in Marjeh, a busy commercial district, the BBC's Jim Muir in Beirut reports.
Dozens of civilians are reported to have been injured by the powerful explosion
It is not yet clear what the target of the attack was or who was behind it, our correspondent says.
We may assume that the Syrian government is not bombing its own capitol. Some of our commentators have suggested that, but it is too disingenuous by far. So there is a bombing - rather like our Boston bombing - and it was the work of one of the rebels whom we are being pushed into supporting.

We really should make up our minds whether a public bombing that murders civilians is a "feather in one's cap", or whether it is a "black eye".  We really should. It is much too confusing to condemn Islamic radicals for the Boston bombing, yet then to listen to our own neo-radicals pressure for military support for Islamic radicals in Syria.

Maybe we should ask Netanyahu again.

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