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  • public_psychologist public_psychologist Jul 13, 2005 7:59 AM Flag

    free candy!

    Parents, tell your kids NEVER to accept candy from strangers! Remember, "Danger, stranger!"

    Why are US soldiers, armed to the teeth, giving out candy to kids? WTF? A) it gives vicious attackers a juicy target and drives a wedge between the US occupation forces and the civilian population and B) even if successful, it teaches Iraqi kids that US soldiers are their friends--like that jolly, fat cop on the beat in your hometown. The US military must be professional and should remain neutral. Their (supposed) job is "stabilization and security", not attracting suicide bombers to gatherings of kids.

    >> Car bomb kills 27, including children and GI
    Soldiers were handing out candy in Baghdad when suicide bomber struck

    Updated: 7:22 a.m. ET July 13, 2005

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - A suicide car bomber drove up to a U.S. Humvee as soldiers were distributing candy to children and detonated his vehicle Wednesday, killing up to 27 people, officials and residents said. One U.S. soldier and about a dozen children were among the dead.

    At least 21 others, including three U.S. soldiers, were injured in the attack, the second major suicide bombing in Baghdad this week. Twenty-five people were killed Sunday when a suicide attacker struck at an army recruiting center.

    The attack stunned the impoverished east Baghdad neighborhood of mostly Shiite Muslims and Christians. An elderly woman dressed in traditional black beat her chest in front of her house in grief.

    ?There were some American troops blocking the highway when a U.S. Humvee came near a gathering of children, and U.S. soldiers began to hand them candies,? said Karim Shukir, 42. ?Then suddenly, a speeding car bomb showed up and struck both the Humvee and the children.? <<

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