ISIS has claimed responsibility for a horrific suicide bombing in a market area of Baghdad, killing at least 200 people, many of them shopping for the holiday of Eid el-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Talking to host Bob Bartolomeo a few minutes ago on KQV Radio in Pittsburgh, I assessed the meaning of this.
The big picture is no more promising than the small one. Iraq remains engulfed by violence and death more than a decade after the US sent troops in to depose dictator Saddam Hussein. The main battle is between fellow Muslims–Sunnis and Shiites. As I pointed out during the broadcast, it’s not like Catholics and Protestants–they don’t blow up each other’s churches.
We also discussed the bombing in Bangladesh and what Israel does to stop suicide bombers.