August 24, 2003


A crude bomb constructed from a cooking gas cylinder exploded outside the residence of Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Said al-Hakim in the holy city of Najaf today, slightly wounding the leading Shiite Muslim cleric in the neck and killing three of his bodyguards.

Senior religious officials were quick to blame the attack on members of the deposed Baath Party trying to use violence to foment schisms within the Shiite community

Well, that’s interesting. Of course, this bit is entirely predictable:

They also criticized the American-led occupation for failing to provide better security.

As Mark Steyn points out — see below — whatever happens, it’s always America’s fault.

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