I was in Karadat-Mariyam 4 hours after the explosion. Obviously couldn’t get very near to where the actual explosion happened and to tell you the truth I didn’t really want to.
An old man sitting in front of his shop told me, in a very matter-of-fact way that whoever did this could never be Muslim, Christian or Jewish “I doubt that he is even human”. I think that sums up the general feeling about the attack.
Earlier today we had the fright of our lives trying to call my uncle’s to find out whether Zainab went to work or not. She works in there and has told me on several occasions how worried the Iraqis who work in the “green zone” are about their lining up there daily, waiting to be searched to get to their workplaces. They joked about attacks.
What really got my goat was the taxi driver who was getting me back home, after all the images we saw on TV (the Iraqi Media Network for once did a very good job covering the attack) and the Press (this picture hurts, a mother looking for her daughter after the explosion, Farah Nosh for NY Times), after all that the idiot tells me “oh yes, it was the Americans shooting left and right killing all those people”. Now why would anyone say something as stupid as that? He didn’t like what I said in response to that statement, and I decided that I don’t want him to know where I live. You never know these days. I walked home.