Saturday, May 30, 2009

Lovelorn Iraqi Men Call On A Wartime Skill

When this young woman’s family rejected a neighbor’s marriage proposal, he planted a bomb in front of his own home, hoping to blame them for it. Christoph Bangert for The New York Times

From The New York Times:

BAGHDAD — It goes like this: Boy meets girl. They exchange glances and text messages, the limit of respectable courting here. Then boy asks girl’s father for her hand. Dad turns him down. Boy goes to girl’s house and plants a bomb out front.

The authorities call it a “love I.E.D.,” or improvised explosive device, and it is not just an isolated case. Capt. Nabil Abdul Hussein of the Iraqi national police said that six had exploded in the Dora neighborhood of Baghdad alone in the past year.

“These guys, they face any problem with their girlfriends, family, anyone, and they’re making this kind of I.E.D.,” Captain Hussein said.

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My Comment: We do not have to go all the way to Iraq to see men act stupid and (in some cases) dangerous when it comes to relationships and families .... we have enough of them here.

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