Another suicide bombing:
A female suicide bomber has killed nine people and wounded 12 others in an attack on an Iraqi market, police said.
The attack took place in the al-Mafraq area west of Baquba in Diyala province, about 50 km (30 miles) north-east of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
The use of women to carry out suicide bombings has become a regular tactic of al-Qaeda in Iraq.
The US military says there have been more than 20 suicide bombings by women this year in Iraq.
A BBC reporter in Baquba says women and children were among the casualties in Monday’s attack.
While it is true that violence rates are down in Iraq, it is worth remembering that on an almost daily basis, shitty, awful, terrible, horrible things are still happening in Iraq, years after we invaded, years after we pronounced mission accomplished, and almost a year and a half after the surge. Keep that in mind during the next round of blogger triumphalism about our impending victory in Iraq and how Obama wants to squander it.
Second, inevitably, it will be proclaimed somewhere that the fact the bomber is a woman is a sure sign that we are winning, as it points to the desperation of the opposition. Is it possible that sometimes when the enemy does something different, it isn’t a sign of desperation, but rather is merely a sign they have adopted new tactics? Not to mention, I think the very act of blowing oneself up for any reason falls under the broad category of desperation.
Finally, given that a balanced budget here in the US during a McCain administration hinges almost completely on victory in Iraq, does McCain view this suicide bombing as an assault on American taxpayers? And if we have an uptick in violence in Iraq, does that mean the budget will take longer to balance?