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Dumb terrorists, dumb bomb - Ed Brock

New news from Iraq: Terrorists are stupid.

Actually, it's more like some of them are stupid and the others don't give a damn.

The latest proof of this is the death of Marla Ruzicka in a car bombing in Baghdad.

To be sure, Ruzicka may well be satisfied to go out the way she did. Surely she knew the risk of actually trying to help people in this whacked-out world.

She was trying to help. Ruzicka, 28, was the founder of Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict, which appropriately spells out CIVIC. Take a guess, then, what she was trying to do in Iraq.

Yes, she was trying to help the Iraqi civilians who had suffered or died because of the war there. That's a little like what Nicholas Berg, the first American to be beheaded in Iraq, was trying to do.

Ruzicka was apparently a little more organized than Berg, having actually formed an organization with, one would think, some backup back home. Berg went over on his own with no support.

I'm not clear on whether Ruzicka, an Iraqi and another foreigner were the targets of the car bomb that killed them on Saturday. Of course, it's not like that really matters, my original point still applies.

If Ruzicka and the others were "collateral damage" then that's yet another reason why you shouldn't run around setting off bombs in public places. You never know who will get hurt, friend or foe.

And if Ruzicka was the target, then why? What's the message? I suppose it would be some kind of resentment against any American involvement in their country, for good or ill.

That could be it, but that's just stupid.

But that's just what anger can do to you. You feel like you've been wronged and you want to lash out at anybody. And then you wind up being maneuvered by those with their own agenda, like Abu Musab al-Zarquawi.

Of course, one might wonder if I think there is a right way to perpetrate terrorism. Granted, I've come to realize that people who use this tactic often have legitimate political gripes that drive them to extreme action.

At the same time, there are many people, like al-Zarquawi and Osama bin-Laden, who seem to make their living from terrorism. I doubt they have any real cause except to satisfy their own egos by perpetual struggle.

But for those downtrodden and oppressed souls who think terrorism is a good tactic for furthering their cause, this is something they should first consider, assuming such people are capable of consideration. Killing Ruzicka, like the killing of most innocent people, does far more to hurt the cause of the Iraqi resistance than to help it.

Ergo, terrorism is stupid.

Ed Brock covers public safety and municipal governments for the Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753 ext. 254 or at ebrock@news-daily.com .