State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki issued a press release denouncing the “enemies of Islam ” following car bombings in Baghdad that appear to have been timed to target Shi’ite “festivities marking the end of Ramadan.”
Reuters reported that the bombings consisted of “twelve separate blasts targeting markets, busy shopping streets, and parks.” The explosions killed almost 80 people.
The August 10 press release on the State Department website reads:
The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the cowardly attacks… in Baghdad. These attacks were aimed at families celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The terrorists who committed these acts are enemies of Islam and a shared enemy of the United States, Iraq, and the international community.
The PJ Tatler pointed out that this quick condemnation of the enemies of Islam stands in sharp contrast to the way the Obama administration has handled Boko Haram’s ongoing slaughter of Christians in Nigeria. When Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson testified before Congress last year, he said the Boko Haram attacks were not “religiously motivated.”