Middle East: The Dialectic of Bombs


On a Friday morning, the busiest place in Jerusalem is the Mahaneh Yehuda (Camp of Judah) market. Last week, a crowd of 3,000 filled its narrow lanes and open stalls as housewives shopped for the Sabbath. No one noticed a small blue delivery van parked on Agrippas Street, nor could they know that it carried 450 lbs. of explosives and a timing device. At precisely 9:28 a.m., the van blew up.

The enormous explosion killed twelve shoppers and shopkeepers, seriously wounded 17, and sent another 36 to the hospital. In the panicked crowd, a nine-year-old boy screamed: "I saw a...

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