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Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Headlines from Overseas 

BBC: "US Bombards Iraq Mosque Complex"
Guardian (UK): "40 Dead as US Targets Mosque"
Times (UK): "US Missiles Hit Iraqi Mosque"
The Australian: "Mosque hit in Fallujah assault"
Sydney Morning Herald: "40 Dead as US Bombs Mosque"
Le Monde: "Irak : l'armée américaine bombarde une mosquée"
Frankfurter Allgemeine: "Irak Heftige Gefechte - Raketenangriff auf Moschee"

So...think they noticed we bombed a mosque? Actually, according to the BBC story, what was hit was the outside wall of a mosque's compound, not the mosque itself. I'm guessing the Arabic news sources will have similar headlines tomorrow, although it's interesting that Al Jazeera is playing up the casualty numbers, not the mosque-bombing angle.

It's amazing how quickly events devolve into symbols: in this case, early returns seem to show that what will be remembered about today's events in Iraq is that Americans violated the sanctity of a holy place in pursuit of warlike aims. I can't see how this is even remotely a good thing.

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