Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Manchester Bombing (UPDATED)

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the deadly suicide bomb attack last night at a concert in Manchester, England that killed 22 and wounded 59. Most of the victims were young girls, teen and preteen, some accompanied by a parent to the Ariana Grande concert. A 23 year-old man has been arrested in connection with the bombing which occurred just as the concert was ending. British law enforcement believes they have identified the suicide bomber, but haven't released a name.*

While ISIS has long called for attacks on civilian targets in the West, this attack was especially sick and heinous in that it deliberately targeted a large body of children. Wherever this investigation goes -- and we hope everyone responsible will be punished to the maximum extent -- it goes without saying that a group of autocratic potentates grasping a glowing orb in Saudi Arabia won't make this viciousness go away. Truth be told, a number of them are directly responsible for allowing the culture of extremism to grow that took those young lives in Manchester last night.

BONUS: Read Charles Pierce's column, where he puts this in historical -- and human -- context.

*UPDATE:  The bomber has been identified as Salman Abedi.

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