There has been a large explosion at the UN headquarters in Baghdad. No word yet on casualties, but hundreds of civilians work in the building, part of which was torn away by the blast.
Along with the sabotage over the weekend, this would seem to mark a shift away from attacks against hardened military targets. Softer civilian targets such as humanitarian aid workers or the water system are literally impossible to protect from a determined foe, especially when suicide attacks are on the table. And yet, President Bush and the American military bear the full moral responsbility for protecting these targets.
MORE: Haggai Elitzur notes the hypocrisy of some right wing bloggers:
Those who condemned the 9/11 attacks while saying "US policies are to blame, get your own house in order if you don't want it to happen again" were also justifiably condemned by many for shifting the blame onto the US and away from the terrorists and their supporters. Now we see that there are at least a couple of right-wing bloggers, here and here, who are the mirror images of such moral pygmies, using the deaths of innocents to score cheap political points, and shifting blame from the terrorists onto the UN.I resisted the temptation to respond yesterday to Instapundit's similarly gleeful post, but it's still bothering me today. It's as if there's a hope that others will be attacked, simply because it will advance the war on terror.