It’s hard to report good news in Iraq when senseless violence like this is happening.

The coach of Iraq’s tennis team and two players were shot dead in Baghdad on Thursday, said Iraqi Olympic officials.


Witnesses said the three were dressed in shorts and were killed days after militants issued a warning forbidding the wearing of shorts.

Other Iraqi athletes have been targeted in recent incidents.

There’s no doubt that a free Iraq is better than a Saddam ruled Iraq, but I still wouldn’t want to be the person to tell the family members of athletes that their loved ones got shot for wearing shorts. Because this is the Iraq that poor planning and willful ignorance has helped create, and I fear it will be this way for decades to come.

Politics Shot For Wearing Shorts