It Takes A Reader
James Wolcott foregoes snark in the Shattered Dome
to ask a few relevant questions about the bombing of the shrine in Samarra.
I admit that I missed it. I knew something was wrong, but wasn't paying attention. It's a variation on "the curious incident of the dog in the night-time"¹ or "what's wrong with this picture".
Everything is supposed to point to al-Zarqawi, but he would have killed the guards and taken credit for the destruction. Neither occurred. "The dog didn't bark." There's a huge explosion in the middle of a city and no one dies? A group noted for a suicide bomber in a wedding, uses massive amounts of high explosives without killing anyone?1. Silver Blaze from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.