Friday, May 27, 2005
  A book, a shrine, and some dead people
Apparently in the Islamic world, allegations of a wet book are more infuriating than 20 dead worshippers and the shrine that was destroyed along with their lives. If the "infidels" put as much as a bullet hole in the exterior wall of one of their "holy" places, riots ensue. But when Islamic violence kills their own innocents, it doesn't even raise an eyebrow. Apparently, when a Muslim is murdered, it matters more who killed them than the fact that they died.

The most amusing part of this article is that just hours later, some Islamists "rallied" against the alleged desecration of their book of holiness, while the bodies of the dead started to rot near Islamabad.

If this is the religion and these are the people we terrible westerners are supposed to "understand" and respect, I'll just say no thanks and move along.

20 Killed in Bomb Blast at Muslim Shrine
By SADAQAT JAN, Associated Press Writer

An apparent suicide bomb detonated Friday as hundreds of Shiite Muslims recited verses from the Quran during a religious festival at a shrine near Pakistan's capital, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens, witnesses said.

After the blast, hundreds of Shiite pilgrims, beating their chests in mourning, clashed with baton-wielding police, who charged the crowd to clear the way for ambulances. Some of the Shiite protesters chanted, "Down with America!"

The explosion at the Bari Imam shrine, the burial place of a historic saint on the outskirts of Islamabad, was the latest attack on a religious gathering in Pakistan, which has a long history of violent sectarian rivalry. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.


Hours after the bombing, thousands of supporters of hardline Islamic groups attended previously planned rallies in Islamabad and other cities to protest the alleged desecration of the Quran at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Sectarian attacks by Sunni and minority Shiites are common in this Islamic country. The schism between the two sects dates back to a 7th-century dispute over who was the true heir to the Prophet Mohammed.

In February, gunmen opened fire on mourners returning from a funeral near the shrine, sparking a firefight that killed three people and injured several others. That violence, however, was believed linked to a feud between two families over control of the shrine.

The last major attack against a religious gathering was on March 19, when suspected Islamic militants bombed a festival for a Shiite saint at a village shrine in southwestern Baluchistan province, killing at least 46 people.

In October, a car bombing at a gathering of Sunni radicals in the central city of Multan killed 40 people. Six days earlier, a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque killed 31 people in the eastern city of Sialkot. [emphases added]

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