politics: this seems like a really odd thing to say in light of the massive suicide bombing today in iraq:
"Those who did this are trying to bend our people from continuing on their course," Maj. Gen. Muhammad Neima, the head of the operations room at the Interior Ministry, said as he stood in the wreckage. "But the people of this country have grown accustomed for a while now to being slaughtered, and we feel proud that we're sacrificing ourselves and are getting closer to God."
"The suicide bombers have turned themselves into gatekeepers to heaven," he added.
courtesy of THIS article at the NY Times. i'm still scratching my head.