Immediate popular reaction in Baghdad on Saturday to the loss of the U.S. space shuttle Columbia and its seven-member crew — including the first Israeli in space — was that it was God’s retribution.
“We are happy that it broke up,” government employee Abdul Jabbar al-Quraishi said.
“God wants to show that his might is greater than the Americans. They have encroached on our country. God is avenging us,” he said.
Iraq is a brutalized, impoverished country, which hasn’t contributed anything positive to the world (except for mineral wealth extracted mostly by Westerners) for several hundred years.
Is that Allah’s will, too?