Iraq jihadis putting kids in car bombs to bypass checkpoints

posted at 3:34 pm on March 20, 2007 by Allahpundit

Usually they’re content to kill kids who are outside the vehicle.

A U.S. general on Tuesday said Iraqi insurgents used children in a suicide attack this weekend, raising worries that the insurgency has adopted a new tactic to get through security checkpoints with bombs.

Maj. Gen. Michael Barbero, deputy director for regional operations in the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, said adults in a vehicle with two children in the backseat were allowed through a Baghdad checkpoint. The adults then abandoned the vehicle and detonated it with the children still inside, he said.

Between this and the chlorine dirty bombs, the surge has really brought out the artist in them. The same article says killings are down and tips are up in Baghdad, although there are still plenty of trust issues to be negotiated both between U.S. and Iraqi troops and within the Iraqi forces themselves. This is discouraging if unsurprising, too. Maybe it would have happened regardless of who’s in charge; Jew-baiting is, after all, a good way to bring Muslim sects together. But anecdotal evidence suggests Maliki’s arm didn’t need to be twisted:

When al-Maliki was due to address the U.S. Congress last summer, Alusi acted as his secret envoy and advance man in Washington.

“Where is your speech?” Alusi asked. Al-Maliki handed it to him.

“My God. We have to take our luggage and go back,” Alusi said he told al-Maliki.

Alusi told al-Maliki that his speech was much too harsh on Israel for the American audience. When Alusi threatened to leave, as if the two were bargaining in a shopkeeper’s stall, al-Maliki took his advice and toned it down.

Iyad Allawi famously shook hands with Israel’s foreign minister when he visited the UN as Iraqi prime minister in 2004. He couldn’t afford to be as chummy now but he’d still be better than the Sadrists. Just one more reason to hope he can put together that coalition he’s working on.

Exit question one: Is the proper tortured sports analogy for the Dems’ position on Iraq (a) taking a three-yard loss to better set up a field goal; (b) committing a foul in basketball with time running out to get the ball back; (c) walking a batter intentionally to set up a game-ending double play; or (d) punting the ball to Muqtada al-Sadr? Exit question two: Should we be alarmed that Clyburn is comparing ending the war, regardless of the consequences, to “winning”?


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Charles Darwin said it best… Survival of the least stupid.

How fast do these people breed? You’d think they would be running out of bombers by attrition.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on March 20, 2007 at 3:42 PM

NOW issued a comment that this is perfectly acceptable way to abort.
Jimmy Carter does not believe it.
Code Pink says “it is the price of war, stop it now so the children will live.”
Democrats say “without any bodies, there is no proof”.

Big deal, no one will care about a couple of children, least of all the war protestors. The more killed the more they think they are right. If you had proof that a million children would die if we pulled out, they would say it is worth it…just to prove Pres. Bush is wrong. To them this is icing.

right2bright on March 20, 2007 at 3:44 PM

Exit question one: Is the proper tortured sports analogy for the Dems’ position on Iraq (a) taking a three-yard loss to better set up a field goal; (b) committing a foul in basketball with time running out to get the ball back; (c) walking a batter intentionally to set up a game-ending double play; or (d) punting the ball to Muqtada al-Sadr?

D. The other three imply the ‘Rats want the US to win instead of the jihadis.

steveegg on March 20, 2007 at 3:44 PM

How fast do these people breed? You’d think they would be running out of bombers by attrition.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on March 20, 2007 at 3:42 PM

There’s a LOT of them, and they’re big believers in huge families (how many siblings does Osama have?).

steveegg on March 20, 2007 at 3:45 PM

It’s more like intentionally walking in the winning run.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on March 20, 2007 at 3:47 PM

Did they remember to roll up the windows when they left the kids in the car?

Hopefully, it’s their own children. It’s their future legacy.

Kini on March 20, 2007 at 3:47 PM

Does that mean that instead of giving birth to a basketball team, they have bomb squads?

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on March 20, 2007 at 3:47 PM

I dont really care “why they hate us”, but i would really like to know how any human could rationalize this.

amish on March 20, 2007 at 3:50 PM

Sports analogy

Forfeit the game before it gets started.
Call it March Democratic Madness.

Kini on March 20, 2007 at 3:51 PM

Does that mean that instead of giving birth to a basketball team, they have bomb squads?

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on March 20, 2007 at 3:47 PM

Something like that (at least if, by “bomb squads”, you mean Fahrenheit 451‘s “firefighters”).

steveegg on March 20, 2007 at 3:52 PM

Wasn’t it Golda Meir who is credited with saying, “There can only be peace when they learn to love their children more then they love killing us.”

LakeRuins on March 20, 2007 at 3:55 PM

wait didnt Micheal Moore and the left said these are freedom fighters ?

William Amos on March 20, 2007 at 3:57 PM

Love isn’t in the Koran.

Kini on March 20, 2007 at 3:58 PM

The war protestors don’t care about our soldiers or the Iraqis, least of all the Iraqi children…all they care about is abortio and income redistribution and they will attack ANY conservative or freedom loving effort to support their big-mommy-gov’t take-their-money and give-it-to-those-who-wont-work agenda. Since the war supports freedom and democray, they hate it. They are so fake and so transparent, they make me sick. I used to be able to be friends with liberals, but lately, not so much.

JustTruth101 on March 20, 2007 at 4:14 PM

(Point I planned to make before I started ranting…) the MSM will never report this, even though they all know about it, because the truth is only true for them and worth sharing when it serves their purpose.

JustTruth101 on March 20, 2007 at 4:15 PM

Well, you know the evil Bush is spreading misinformation…this is not true.

tomas on March 20, 2007 at 4:21 PM

Another page taken from the Palestinian/Philistine child sacrifice playbook. My all their virgins look like Yasser Arafat.

chsw

chsw on March 20, 2007 at 4:34 PM

These low-lifes have always used children for thier dirty work. Rememebr the kids on the planes on 9-11!?
This news comes as no shock.

Bearhopi on March 20, 2007 at 4:35 PM

That report makes my blood boil. I am the father of two young children who are taught to respect their elders. These children were doing as they were told according to how they were raised and were used by these animals as human artillery. This report fills me with rage. I say break out the flame throwers, we are not fighting human beings.

crosspatch on March 20, 2007 at 4:47 PM

Wasn’t it Golda Meir who is credited with saying, “There can only be peace when they learn to love their children more then they love killing us.”

LakeRuins on March 20, 2007 at 3:55 PM

Wasn’t that Sting?

PinkyBigglesworth on March 20, 2007 at 5:02 PM

Can’t wait to see which American soldier 60 Minutes blames for this one.

Jim Treacher on March 20, 2007 at 5:22 PM

Don’t you know? Its our fault for driving them to this. We are the evil ones. We must be withdraw and leave Iraq to the peace-loving freedom fighters. [sarcasm off]

jman on March 20, 2007 at 5:23 PM

Of course the left doesn’t care about the Iraqi people or children. Did they give a flying fiddle about the Cambodians or South Vietnamese who were slaughtered by their friends the communists? And that is what they are trying so desperately to turn this into.

And the MSM will ignore it and give their allies – the terrorists – all the cover they need – just as they did in Beslan.

This is sick.

CrazyFool on March 20, 2007 at 5:43 PM

A and C are the best choices because at least you are still on offense.

pullingmyhairout on March 20, 2007 at 5:52 PM

This is discouraging if unsurprising, too. Maybe it would have happened regardless of who’s in charge; Jew-baiting is, after all, a good way to bring Muslim sects together. But anecdotal evidence suggests Maliki’s arm didn’t need to be twisted….

This brings into sharp focus what we’re doing by trying to help muslims straighten up their countries. The sort of reconstruction we’re attempting is effectively worse than appeasement. If we turn Israel’s neighbors into prosperous countries with functioning governments, it’ll be so much the worse for Israel.

Kralizec on March 20, 2007 at 6:21 PM

It was Golda Meir and the exact quote is “We will have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us”

LakeRuins on March 20, 2007 at 7:44 PM

Sports analogy? The Dems want to start a hobbled Bill Buckner at first base, and hope for some more of that ol’ October Magic.

laelaps on March 20, 2007 at 8:15 PM

This is pure evil. Only Islam breeds this level of darkness. Do we see this from any other world religion?

Mojave Mark on March 20, 2007 at 10:15 PM

The only thing that surprises me is that these tactics of using kids to get car bombs on target wasn’t used sooner.

Yakko77 on March 20, 2007 at 10:31 PM

Did they get plastic *car* keys this time? No wait, that was Iran and plastic keys to paradise. Poor kids, if they could read, they’d know it said “Made in Hong Kong” on those keys.

Careful there Mark, you might be accused of being inthensative!

Tony737 on March 21, 2007 at 12:24 AM

Careful there Mark, you might be accused of being inthensative!

True dat. I’m just weary of the elephant in the living room that the drive-by media refuses to name.

Mojave Mark on March 21, 2007 at 1:29 AM

Watching the idiots on Fox news this morning.They’re in shock ,seem to think this is something new. Had they been paying attention to our troops, such as in Falluja, they would have known this has been going on for a long time. The enemy has been using women and children as shields, strapping bombs to dogs, donkeys and even retarded children , and now, all these years later, the media is shocked?

Maybe if they weren’t so obsessed with all the alleged horrors at Gitmo and Abu Ghraib, they might have had a clue well before this time.

tomk59 on March 21, 2007 at 8:13 AM

I have to wonder if it’s their own kids or are they kidnapping someone else’s?
Either way, it’s pretty messed up. And raises the question of just who they want to “liberate” their land for?

G-man on March 21, 2007 at 11:52 AM