Ironic Terrorism


Fans of irony will enjoy this story as much as I did. A suicide bomb instructor teaching a bunch of “students” how to blow up themselves and lots of innocent bystanders managed to blow up himself and his students because he was using a live jacket of explosives.

A group of Sunni militants attending a suicide bombing training class at a camp north of Baghdad were killed on Monday when their commander unwittingly conducted a demonstration with a belt that was packed with explosives, army and police officials said.

The militants belonged to a group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, which is fighting the Shiite-dominated army of the Iraqi government, mostly in Anbar Province. But they are also linked to bomb attacks elsewhere and other fighting that has thrown Iraq deeper into sectarian violence.

Twenty-two ISIS members were killed, and 15 were wounded, in the explosion at the camp, which is in a farming area in the northeastern province of Samara, according to the police and army officials. Stores of other explosive devices and heavy weapons were also kept there, the officials said.

Eight militants were arrested when they tried to escape, the officials said.

Gee….that’s really too bad.

Comments

  1. Chiroptera says

    I normally don’t go for a gratutous “the world is better of without them,” but seeing how they would have used their newly acquired skills to harm other people I don’t think such a thought is at all gratuitious.

  2. Pierce R. Butler says

    The explosive vest only took out the instructor.

    All the others died because they had irony meters in their pockets.

  3. teawithbertrand says

    Where, exactly, does one gain the experience necessary to qualify as a suicide bomb instructor?

  4. Wylann says

    I’m with you. I hate to gloat about anyone dying, but this one really kinda seems to balance things out…..

  5. lancifer says

    The movie Four Lions comes to mind. Inept jihadi wannabes that are more dangerous to themselves than others.

    Allah be praised!

  6. Doug Little says

    The only thing that could make this better is if the students had live vests on as well and a chain reaction ensued, like popping kernels of corn.

  7. Michael Heath says

    Ed concludes:

    Gee….that’s really too bad.

    It really is bad if the Christian god sends all the dead ones off to Hell for all of eternity; otherwise, not so much.

  8. says

    Michael Heath #14,

    It really is bad if the Christian god sends all the dead ones off to Hell for all of eternity; otherwise, not so much.

    Leaving aside that this is somewhat gratuitous, I thought you always argued with me, with you taking the position: “The Christian god is the same as the Jewish god is the same as the Muslim god?” Do I recall correctly? If so, and if that is still your position, why the need to specify Christian god? Is that not superfluous?

  9. Roman Elazar says

    It’s like a Billy Connolly bit coming to life:

    “Right lads, i’m only gonna show you this once”

  10. MattieF says

    I wonder if a CIA operative working deep undercover secretly replaced a dummy vest with a real one?

  11. dingojack says

    Heddle – so laws about drink-driving, driving on the wrong side of the road, speeding etc. should not refer to ‘cars’ or ‘motor vechicles’ but rather Toyota Corolla Varis four-door sedans, Jaguar XK-140 two-door saloons, Chevy Malibus and so on… @@

    Whew, that’s ‘no true Scotsman’ at a whole new level*.

    Dingo
    ——-
    * of idiocy.

  12. Trickster Goddess says

    I could say “He who lives by the suicide best dies by the suicide vest,” but it isn’t really all that profound.

  13. bionichips says

    For those who don’t agree with PZ and indicated you don’t go there often, I’d suggest you learn more from people you don’t agree with than those you do.

    I decided once a day to read somebody I disagreed with as a learning exercise. I can guarantee almost everyone reading this blog would think my change of views is for the better.

    And if you are not willing to read someone whose views are fundamentally the same as yours because on occasion you disagree you will never advance.

  14. lofgren says

    “I don’t agree with PZ Myers and I don’t read his blog regularly” is not the same as “I don’t ever read or learn from people I disagree with, including people whose views are fundamentally the same as mine.”

    For those who would write a post suggesting that it is, and then act like a superior dick because of it, I would suggest that you learn to stop acting like a dick.

  15. bionichips says

    It was not my intention to be both condescending and trite. I am sorry I did not word my intention better.

  16. Taz says

    It was not my intention to be both condescending and trite.

    Which one were you going for?

    (Sorry, couldn’t resist;)

  17. Michael Heath says

    Me earlier writes:

    It really is bad if the Christian god sends all the dead ones off to Hell for all of eternity; otherwise, not so much.

    heddle responds:

    Leaving aside that this is somewhat gratuitous, I thought you always argued with me, with you taking the position: “The Christian god is the same as the Jewish god is the same as the Muslim god?” Do I recall correctly? If so, and if that is still your position, why the need to specify Christian god? Is that not superfluous?

    You do recall correctly. I should have instead stated Abrahamic god rather than Christian god.

    Re the gratuitous point: As you know I don’t think Hell exists or that any god will send humans there for unimaginable suffering for all eternity. But I remain horrified that people who believe this is true still celebrate their god in spite of this attribute.

    Demonstrably moral people don’t laud the most evil amongst us for the suffering they cause, they in fact do the opposite and strive to eradicate their ability to cause suffering. Yet we have hundreds of millions if not billions who worship or have worshipped an entity they think will cause some humans to suffer unimaginably for all eternity. It’s a topic I’ve yet to see one single believer take head-on, including you. Instead the few that consider theism and suffering remain in their comfort zone discussing the finite suffering in our present reality, a volume of suffering that is effectively trivial compared to the suffering some holy scriptures predict, including the New Testament.

  18. Michael Heath says

    bionichips writes:

    It was not my intention to be both condescending and trite. I am sorry I did not word my intention better.

    You could have instead referenced someone whose views consistently rise above the sophomoric level. That would have helped you make your very fine point.

  19. leonardschneider says

    @ 12 (Doug Little): That’s really sick and horrible, and I love you for it.

    Regarding PZ Myers (various): I gave up on PZ somewhat unwillingly, but I had to do it. He was always so angry all the time — or sure as hell came across that way — that it blotted out whatever he was trying to say. Seriously, who wants to be around someone who’s constantly pissed off?

    And, okay, this is gonna be a weird thing to say here, but his atheism bugged me too. Yes PZ, you’re an atheist, we get it. Anyone with any faith in anything to any degree makes him froth at the mouth; it’s like he’s trying to prove that an atheist can be every bit of an irritating dickhead as some street-corner preacher bellowing chunks of Revelations into a Mr. Microphone. Myers sees no grey areas: Me, I’m a Deist*. To PZ, that makes me as good as one of Pat Robertson’s flunkies. Yeah, he paints with a broad brush, one about thirty feet wide.

    What’s depressing about it is he’s really damn smart, and has good things to say. Just like here, I like hanging around smart people; who knows, maybe some of it will rub off. But shit, he’s gotta…. I don’t know, maybe start taking Klonipin or something, whatever helps him turn the rage and anger down from eleven. And he needs to stop throwing an abusive fit whenever the subject of faith, in any form, comes up. He could try going with, “Look, I’m an atheist, I disagree with you, and here’s why,” instead of busting out with the Insult Super Soaker. I’m surprised he’s never teed off on the Unitarians at some point.

    *In a nutshell: Yes, I believe God exists. I have no idea what form He/She/It takes, and it doesn’t matter, because God is not involved with this planet. (Hey, it’s a big fuckin’ universe.) What others call “prayer,” I call “meditation,” because I doubt there’s anybody listening: I’m not enough of an egotist to think there is.
    So far as my “christianity” goes, it’s purely philosophical. Christ had some good things to say, and I consider them to be valid even now. But… I don’t think he was the son of God, he was executed by the Romans for political reasons, and no, he ain’t coming back.
    And crosses are just fuckin’ sick. Too much of ‘Christianity’ is a death cult. They’re so obsessed with how Jesus died they don’t bother thinking about the stuff he said when he was alive. So ‘Christians’ all run around with little gold replicas of ancient Roman torture devices around their necks, when they aren’t planting giant cement ones on the tops of hills.

  20. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    PS. As for those on Pharyngula who reckon deaths are never funny, yeesh, fools, get a sense of humour – death isthepunchlien of ahelluva lot of jokes.

    As Monty Python sang : Always look on the bright side of death!”

  21. Edward Gemmer says

    PZ is kind of like Thomas Sowell. When he stays in his area of expertise, you can learn something. When he doesn’t, which is often, he comes off as myopic and silly. Then he substitutes insults for arguments. Not exactly a great place to learn something.

  22. says

    @5:

    dingojack; stop it. JUST STOP IT.

    The Darwin Award has already been cheapened by its being too easy to earn, next thing you know it will be used by the GOP’s candidates in their CV*

    “I wonder if a CIA operative working deep undercover secretly replaced a dummy vest with a real one?”

    Do you mean like the old Folgers Coffee Ad, where the Ronald Reagan look alike used to let the home audience in on the secret about the switcheroo.

    I can see it now:

    “And while Whalid Ka-Blooie was saying his noon prayers, facing Mecca, we replaced his “practice vest”, filled with camel dung and sash weights for a REAL one filled with RDX, D-Con and ball bearings!”.

    Sample ghoulish joke:

    What do you call a bunch of Yemeni, Egyptian, Syrian, Palestinian and Saudi bomb making students who are having their class in a cave, after they are blown to bits by their teacher”

    A “deep dish” Pan(arab) Pizza!

    People who kill themselves while studying how to kill themselves deserve to be ridiculed.

    * Curriculum Vile

  23. dingojack says

    Demo – “People who kill themselves while studying how to kill themselves deserve to be ridiculed.
    dingojack; stop it. JUST STOP IT.
    The Darwin Award has already been cheapened by its being too easy to earn, next thing you know it will be used by the GOP’s candidates in their CV.”*

    Dingo
    ——–
    * One can only hope,.being that said PoG members would have to be *dead* to get a Darwin Award. And besides, are you seriously saying the PoG does not deserved to be ridiculed?!?

  24. zmidponk says

    teawithbertrand:

    Where, exactly, does one gain the experience necessary to qualify as a suicide bomb instructor?

    Well, there is that old saying, ‘those who can, do, those who can’t, teach’.

  25. davefitz says

    @39 leonardschneider
    Yes, I agree wholeheartedly, except the God thing, and that’s just fine :) I’m probably a 6 on the Dawkins scale.

    I used to read PZ daily, but got tired of the anger and intransigence and the constant insults. And the insults are surprising coming from one so easily offended. I still read it on occasion and agree from time to time. I prefer Ed’s approach. We can disagree on faith, but we can also work together on common causes without being dicks to each other.

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