BOMBINGS BOMBINGS EVERYWHERE
Terrorist attacks have not been successfully perpetrated on American soil for many years, but other countries are not so well-off. A number of bombings have taken place in the past two days – with a variety of targets.
Iran: The cars of two Iranian scientists exploded Monday near ShahidBeheshtiUniversity in Tehran. A group of men approached the professors’ cars on motorcycles, attached explosive devices to the vehicles, then detonated the devices after zooming off. Dr. Majid Shahriari was killed instantly and Dr. Fereydoun Abbasi was injured and taken to a local hospital. Their wives were wounded as well. Both men have been intimately involved in nuclear science in Iran.
The Iranian government has accused Israel’s Mossad of perpetrating the attacks in order to set back Iran’s nuclear program. "The Zionist regime this time shed the blood of university professor Dr. Majid Shahriari to curb Iran’s progress," the office of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated according to the AFP. Israel, for its part, hasn’t denied or confirmed a part in the attacks as a matter of policy. The Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz noted that the Mossad could indeed have committed the acts, but also noted that such conclusions were not necessarily accurate. "Any criminal gang, let alone an intelligence organization, is capable of carrying out assassinations using motorcyclists hurling explosives or shooting at their targets, and many have in fact done so," the Israeli newspaper said.
Kyrgyzstan: Two police officers were injured in an explosion in the capital city of Bishkek on Tuesday, just two days before US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits the country. On Monday, Islamist militants and the government security forces clashed in the city of Osh in the south. Clinton is visiting Kyrgyzstan with good will for the new government. The country has permitted the US troops and supplies to stopover there while on the trip to Afghanistan.
Pakistan (Bannu): A suicide bomber detonated himself near a police van at a police station in the town of Bannu on Tuesday, killing six people and injuring dozens of others. Two policemen and a child were among the six who died. Bannu is located near the border with Afghanistan.
Pakistan (Kalat): The governor of Balochistan just escaped being blown up when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated on the road from Kalat to Quetta. Balochistan Governor, Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi, was riding in a convoy along the Quetta-Karachi highway. The IED went off just after the last vehicle in the convoy went by. Nobody was hurt, but the Governor’s Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel began a search for suspects.
Many of us have the blessing of being able to walk down our roads every day without worrying that a bit of trash on the road is hiding an IED, or having concern that men on motorcycles are bent on sticking bombs on our cars. That makes us feel safe compared to those people. Yet, the truth is that we might get hit by a bus or struck by a meteor (about two people per year meet that fate) or drown in our soup. Those who face the obvious possibility of death on a daily basis can either become paranoid or grow callused or simply trust God with every step of every day. That is ultimately the best attitude. After all, it doesn’t matter whether we are home in our beds or walking through the jungles of Vietnam, we are safe if He is protecting us.
"I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; " -Psalms 91:2-9
· Iranian Scientists Targeted in Car Bombings »
– The Washington Post
· Governor Of Balochistan Escapes Attack »
– The Express Tribune
· Suspected Bomb Explodes in Kyrgyzstan Before Clinton Visit »
– The Guardian