One more bloody day in Iraq and this time in Basra province south Iraq. Medical sources said that at least 53 people including kids, women and security forces were killed and about 140 others were wounded in a suicide attack. The attack took place on Saturday morning while Shiite pilgrims were walking towards a mosque in west Basra province. Security sources confirmed that the suicide bomber could pass the checkpoints with a faked police ID and when he reached a crowded check point, he blew himself up among the crowds. The attack is the second big attack within less than ten days. The first attack was in Nasiryah province in south Iraq where a suicide bomber killed 38 people and wounded over 70 others.
When I saw the pictures of the explosion on TV, when I saw the weeping mothers, the crying children and the people who were running everywhere looking for their relatives, I couldn’t stand the scene and I changed the channel. When my wife tried to ask me about the explosion, I interrupted her and asked her never to ask me about anything. It looks that eight years of work with press and going to dozens of explosions scenes had filled my heart with pain and sorrow and there is no more place for any news pains.
The attacks come during a very critical and strained political situation. The crisis between the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki and his political competitors is increasing. The political parties failed until now in holding a meeting they were talking about for weeks. The shadow of the civil war is growing bigger and the victim will be always Iraqis. Iraqi blood is always the cheapest fuel for this political fight and our politicians proved with no doubt that we are not even on the list of their concerns. their main concerns are power and personal interests. The only thing they do in such incidents in expressing their deep sorrow and condemnation which can't bring back the innocent victims to life or heal the deeps wounds of the hearts of their families.