COMMENTARY | Just to demonstrate that happy news can come out of the Middle East, albeit in a macabre way, is the New York Times story of how a suicide bombing class sponsored by an Al Qaeda affiliate in Iraq went horribly wrong.
“In what represented a cautionary tale for terrorist teachers, and a cause of dark humor for ordinary Iraqis, a commander at a secluded terrorist training camp north of Baghdad unwittingly used a belt packed with explosives while conducting a demonstration early Monday for a group of militants, killing himself and 21 other members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, army and police officials said.”
The current wave of suicide bombings taking place in Iraq in the wake of the American withdraw from that country is a real problem, killing thousands of people in the past year or so. Thus when a bunch of nascent suicide bombers and their instructor were translated instantly to the 72 Virgins without taking out any innocents, it has to be counted as a good thing and proof that sometimes God take a dim view of those who commit mass murder in His name.
Of course the very concept of a suicide bombing class seems to be something beyond the imagination of the civilized mind. It reminds one of the rudimentary training kamikaze pilots received during the closing days of World War II. Taking off and level flight were essential. Landing not so much. One wonders how many of those Japanese suicide projects had training accidents.
The somewhat serious side to this, among the schadenfreude, is how the Middle East is still sliding into chaos. Between terrorist attacks in Iraq, the continuing civil war in Syria, and the Muslim Brotherhood inspired insurrection in Egypt, the Middle East is more of a problem region than usual. There doesn’t seem to be much that the Obama administration is prepared to do about it. In the case of the 22 dead terrorists, at least, God or fortune or whatever one pleases has taken a hand.