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Iraq Violence Clouds Start Of Ramadan

From those defenders of the faith at CNN:

Iraqi violence overshadows start of Ramadan

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Ramadan, the holy month of Islam, began Saturday with Iraqis hoping for tranquility but fearful after recent attacks that have shaken the country.

Al-Iraqia state TV interrupted regular programming Saturday afternoon to broadcast Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s address to Iraqis on the occasion of the start of the holy month.

The prime minister said that as he congratulates Iraqis, his "heart is full of sadness and sorrow."

Four Iraqi soldiers and a government worker were killed Saturday in attacks in Baghdad and Mosul, according to an official of the Interior Ministry.

Gunmen opened fire earlier in the day on an army checkpoint in the Sunni neighborhood of Adhamiya in northeastern Baghdad, killing two soldiers and wounding one. Two more soldiers died and two were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near an Iraqi army patrol in Zummar, about 50 miles northwest of Mosul. Mosul is 260 miles north of Baghdad.

A bomb left inside the district manager’s office in the Qahira neighborhood in eastern Mosul killed the manager and two children.

A roadside bomb also exploded near a car and wounded two people in the Saidiya district of southeastern Baghdad.

The holy month of Ramadan, considered to be a time of peace and giving, is when Muslims across the world fast from dawn until dusk, and its observance is one of the five pillars of Islam.

But since the start of the war, Iraqis every year brace for an uptick in violence during the holy month. Some years have seen a rise in suicide attacks.

Extremist attacks during Ramadan are sometimes "fueled by a belief that to carry out violence — ‘jihad,’ a suicide bombing — during a holy month such as this one will gain them more credibility with the Lord," said CNN Correspondent Arwa Damon in Baghdad.

Ramadan "is meant to be a time to show one’s devotion to God, a time of sacrifice," said Damon, "Unfortunately, even though it is very much intended to be a time of peace … it has proven over the last few years in places like here in Iraq to be a time of increased violence."

On Wednesday, more than 100 people were killed and more than 500 were wounded in a series of truck bombings in Baghdad. It was the deadliest day since the United States pulled its combat troops from Iraqi cities and towns nearly two months ago and left security in the hands of the Iraqis. VideoWatch report on bombings of Iraqi ministries »

At least four people were killed and 76 were wounded Thursday in a string of bombings in Babil province, according to the Iraqi government.

It is not just Iraq where extremists see Ramadan as a time of opportunity.

Kuwait’s state-run news agency reported earlier in August that security forces had arrested six Kuwaitis linked to al Qaeda who had planned to attack a U.S. military installation. The suspects had planned to bomb Camp Arifjan in Kuwait during Ramadan, Kuwaiti security sources told CNN.

In a religion where doing violent jihad is held to be more holy than going on Hajj, how can killing heretics be wrong?

The holy month of Ramadan, considered to be a time of peace and giving, is when Muslims across the world fast from dawn until dusk, and its observance is one of the five pillars of Islam.

Yes, Ramadan is so ‘peaceful’ that its devotees even kill each other over when it begins – that is, the sighting of the moon.

Sheesh.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, August 23rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Iraq Violence Clouds Start Of Ramadan”

  1. Helena says:

    “In a religion where doing violent jihad is held to be more holy than going on Hajj, how can killing heretics be wrong?”

    So true. This is the most tragic “religion” in the world. How long will it take, and what will it take for their dark age to end?

  2. beautyofreason says:

    “Ramadan “is meant to be a time to show one’s devotion to God, a time of sacrifice,”

    Consider that the Scots released the Libyan mass murderer on a date where he could begin Ramadan with his family. I’m not surprised.

    If you consider other religious celebrations that have nothing to do with Islam – Lent and Christmas for instance – you would be hard pressed to find any act of violence connected to these observances. I can’t even imagine an article about fellow Lent observers going on a rampage after giving up chocolate or suicide murdering at the local Walmart.

    Islam stands out for its “sanctified” violence. Even the hajj, with all the security Saudi can buy, is not safe – hundreds are regularly trampled to death in the large crowds.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    But …………..President B. Hussien Obama sent them a “Have a Safe and Happy Ramadan”. Didn’t they get the message?

  4. canary says:

    Obama’s 5 minute Ramadan tribute, said that it was to honor Mohamand’s writing of the Quran. Ya know, after he lived in caves and had all those dreams and hallucinations.

  5. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    The religion of blowing everyone to pieces. The holiest month of Islam means nothing to those bent on death and destruction. And all of this to ensure that you get a better place in the hereafter. Today’s Islam is almost a parallel to the old church with it’s corruption. And who convinced the uninformed that they would be eternally separated from God unless they did their bidding. Today’s Islam needs it’s own Martin Luther to lead a reformation to challenge the mullahs who care nothing for spiritual matters as they do for the quest for greater power.


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