El Snarkistani of It’s Always Sunny in Kabul was gone for a couple of weeks of R&R. We miss him when he’s gone and we’re always happy to see him return to his blog. But then he blogs about the 5 Things You Should Know About Dead Kids in Kabul which makes us throw shoes at the dark, surly skies.
Because it’s Massoud Day, or because it’s a Saturday, or because the CIA is here, or because the State Department just declared the Haqqani network a Foreign Terrorist Organization, the Taliban/ISI/Haqqani convinced a street kid to fill a backpack with explosives and detonate it near the front entrance to ISAF headquarters here in Kabul.
I, like most people who have worked with ISAF/the Embassy/the Afghan government in that part of Kabul have walked that stretch of road a lot. We know the kids that hang out there, sometimes by name, mostly by whatever trinkets they’re trying to sell this week.
As tragic as today’s events were, and believe me, I’m trying like hell to keep typing and not just sit here in a pool of my own self-pitying grief for kids I barely knew in a place I’ve come to love at some level, it matters a whole lot more than just our (hopefully) usual human response to tragedy.
So, in keeping with a format that a) keeps my ADD at bay and b) lets me make a list, here’s 5 reasons why some dead kids in Kabul should matter.
Go here to read the 5 reasons.
His reason #3: This is going to be blamed on the Haqqani. On September 8, Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi blamed Saturday’s attack on the Haqqani network but did not say how he came to that conclusion.
CBS News report that the bomber, who Kabul police estimated to be about 14 years old, struck just before noon on a street that connects the alliance headquarters to the nearby U.S. and Italian embassies, a large U.S. military base and the Afghan Defense Ministry. He reportedly detonated his explosives while walking down the street, according to Kabul police. The Ministry of Interior said some of the victims were street children. The NYT has additional coverage of this attach here.
At the end of his piece, El Snarkistani asks, “After 11 years, billions of dollars, and thousands of lives (most of them Afghan), are we really doing any good that’s going to last more than a minute after we shut off the aid spigot?”
Good question. Are we?
- Haqqani network behind Kabul blast near NATO HQ? (cbsnews.com)
- Teenage suicide bomber kills 6 in Afghan capital (cnsnews.com)
- Teenage suicide bomber kills six near Kabul Nato headquarters (guardian.co.uk)
- Suicide bomb kills six near Nato gate in Afghanistan (dawn.com)
- Boy suicide bomber kills children in attack on Kabul Nato headquarters – Telegraph.co.uk (telegraph.co.uk)
- US designates Haqqani group as ‘terrorists’ (aljazeera.com)