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Saudi silence toward terrorist bombings surprises Iraqis

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A widely-circulated picture promoting a Twitter hashtag communicating solidarity with the victims of the recent Baghdad bombing

Tributes are pouring in from governments and people from around the world to the memory of those killed in recent terrorist bombings in Baghdad, however, some regional states look on poker-faced.

On Wednesday, a representative of Iraq’s top cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani paid a visit to the site of the bombings in Karrada where at least 250 people lost their lives on Sunday.

Ahmed al-Safi visited the site where Takfiri terrorists struck as families were shopping in preparation for Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Iraqi Christians remember the victims of the July 3, 2016 bombing in Baghdad.

The attacks triggered a wave of international condemnation of the terrorist act as well as expressions of commiseration with the families of the victims.  

In Tehran, lights representing the Iraqi national flag draped down the iconic Milad Tower in a sign of solidarity with the Iraqis. A candlelit vigil was also held outside the Iraqi Embassy in the Iranian capital.

The Iraqi capital itself saw Christians staging similar commemorations with heavy hearts.

Pictures, meanwhile, showed two British nationals joining in mourning and the British flag being lowered half-mast at the UK Embassy in Baghdad.

Lights reflect the colors of the Iraqi national flag upon a Spanish monument in memory of the victims of the July 3, 2016 bombing in Baghdad.
A palace in the Netherlands bears the colors of the Iraqi flag in memory of the victims of the July 3, 2016 bombing in Baghdad.

A Spanish monument was dressed in Iraqi national colors as was another in the Netherlands.

Commemoration events were also held in Sweden, where a picture showed a Swedish police car having been dressed in the Iraqi flag in memoriam.

A tower was also lit up in Kuwait, but other countries in the Persian Gulf and elsewhere across the Arabian Peninsula apparently chose to ignore the tragedy. 

The stone-faced silence has enormously surprised the Iraqis, prompting some of them to take to social media to express their disappointment at the callous insensitivity. 

The apparent apathy stands in stark contrast to Saudi leaders' frequent outbursts about the role of volunteer forces who are fighting Daesh and other Takfiri terrorists in Iraq. 

In recent months, Iraqi leaders have repeatedly denounced Saudi Ambassador Thamer al-Sabhan's remarks about Hashd al-Shaabi as tantamount to meddling in the country's internal affairs.

Those killed in Baghdad on Sunday and many other terrorist attacks are the victims of a group which is inspired by a Takfiri ideology widely promoted and preached in Saudi Arabia.

Wahhabism is an extremely intolerant and violent ideology that dominates Saudi Arabia and is freely preached by clerics in the Arab country.

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