DAMASCUS, SYRIA – On certain occasions terrorists find a veritable treasure trove of targets, making it hard to determine just who they are trying to kill.
Some crimes are obvious insofar as we have a clear perpetrator, a clear target and a clear motive. Take assassinations, for instance. The target is without doubt a head of state or similarly important personage, the assailant is usually caught right away (unless s/he dies in the act) and the reasons for the attack are plain.
Some crimes are less easily analysable. This could be because the bad guy dies with no transparent motive left behind or the attack occurs in a venue where the case could be made for several possible targets.
Take today’s featured attack.
On this day in 2008
We felt a very strong explosion. We walked outside… the whole building collapsed. Five members of my family were wounded and are in hospital.Eyewitness
Over a month later Fatah al Islam, an Al Qaeda (AQ)-linked group claimed the attack. But was it aimed at Syrian security forces or Shia Muslims? As Syria is run by an odd Shia sect and Islamist jihadis hate all Shia does it really matter?
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