Commentary Magazine


Don’t Worry, It Was An Accident

A powerful bomb went off in a mosque in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz on Saturday, killing 12 and wounding 160.

”Last night’s explosion in Shiraz was as a consequence of an accident and not the planting of a bomb,” explained Abbas Mohtaj, the deputy interior minister in charge of national security, according to a Reuters report.

What sort of accident?

Mohtaj did not give details, but the Associated Press, citing a statement on Iranian television, “said the blast may have been ’caused by explosives left behind from an earlier exhibition commemorating’ the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.”

Hmmm, a mosque stages an exhibition featuring live ammunition? If true, it tells us something interesting about the state of Islam in Iran. If false, it tells us something even more interesting about what Iranian officials obviously regard as a credible way to deny the fact that a bomb was set off in a mosque.