Inside the Middle East - Blog
September 27, 2008
Seventeen Dead In Car Bomb

This is the kind of headline you'd expect in Iraq, not in Syria. But it happened earlier today on a main road between Damascus airport and the Syrian capital.

These sorts of attacks are extremely rare in Syria.

So who is behind it?

Well, the explosion occurred near some Syrian military intelligence offices. Large scale attacks in Syria may be rare, but in recent years, there has been some low-scale religious militant activity by groups opposed to Syria's secular military regime.

The car that killed at least 17, all of them reportedly civilians, was packed with 200 kilos of explosives.

Are extremist Sunni militants shifting to a higher gear in Syria?

Perhaps, but let's keep in mind the blast rocked an area close to a major Shia shrine. Could the attackers have attempted to target pilgrims?

Regardless of who is responsible, this will have hardline regime authorities - an ordinary Syrians - worried.

(Photo AP - a man cleans up debris after an explosion blew out windows and damaged property in a Damascus suburb.)

Any attack that targets innocent civilians should be condemned as a "terrorist attack". However, all too often CNN and other news networks refer to terrorists as "insurgents", "militants",
"guerrillas", etc. Whenever the attack is against Israel or the US these are the words the media uses. If the attack occurs in an Arab country than it is immediately condemned by the media as a "terrorist attack" and the perpetrators are referred to as "terrorists". This double standard in reporting needs to end.
It is hard to pinpoint the culprit but most likely the syrian military intelligence was the target,they tend to get out of line.
The situation in Syria and Lebanon is a bit confusing. It got me completely mixed up.We really don't know who kills who. Hope things will be better in the future for both countries.
Such is the painful price of harboring terrorists-it tends to backfire when you don't recede to their demands. Let us hope that the Syrian authorities will catch the culprits, and may the innocent victims rest in peace.
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