April 23, 2004

1400 YEARS OF ENMITY AND THEY THINK IT'S ABOUT US?:

Basra arrest bolsters revenge theory: Evidence suggests homegrown terrorists - not al-Qaida - carried out bombings in response to attack on Falluja (Luke Harding and Mohammad Haider, April 23, 2004, The Guardian)

An Iraqi suspected of involvement in Wednesday's devastating bomb attacks in Basra came from the Sunni city of Falluja, Iraqi officials said yesterday, suggesting that the blasts may not have been the work of al-Qaida but an act of revenge for the US's brutal offensive in the city.

According to British officials, Basra's governor, Wael Abdullatif, told colleagues on Wednesday night that an Iraqi caught running away from the scene of one of the explosions had travelled to southern Iraq from Falluja.

He was detained outside the police academy in Zubayr, 15 miles south of Basra, which was the scene of two of Wednesday's car bomb attacks.

As the death toll from the explosions rose to 74 yesterday, with 160 injured, Mr Abdullatif said the Iraqi authorities were pursuing several leads and expected to make more arrests shortly.

He gave no further details of the man in custody, but Iraqi officials said "seven or eight" Iraqis from the mainly Sunni town of Zubayr had been killed in the US military's offensive against Falluja.


It appears to be entirely predictable Sunni violence directed at Shi'ites, having little or nothing to do with the U.S., except that we're delaying the final conflict between the two groups.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 23, 2004 2:27 PM
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When we turn over control on July 1, the neccessary killing can commence. I'm pretty sure that Bush & Co. know it will happen. Also that it needs to happen -- but can't be done by the US due to international political reasons.

But the EU won't bat an eye, because it's wog killing wog.

Posted by: ray at April 23, 2004 8:33 PM


Rather, the violence is coordinated by Iran and Syria, with the goal of destroying democracy in Iraq. The means to that end is to foster civil war in Iraq. Thus, they've been creating Sunni attacks in Shiite areas, in the hope of provoking a Shiite response.

Posted by: pj at April 23, 2004 9:08 PM

pj:

There may be some of that but why would the Sunni/Ba'athists who've been ruinning the place and oppressing the Shi'ites need any outside encouragement to try and cling to power?

Posted by: oj at April 23, 2004 9:19 PM

Without outside support, they'll never have the means to win power. They can have power in Iraq only becoming servants of the outside powers who want to defeat the U.S. And that's what they've done.

Posted by: pj at April 23, 2004 11:27 PM
the US's brutal offensive in the city

Brutal offensive? Tell that to Aachen.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at April 23, 2004 11:37 PM

When there's any sign of any so-called Iraqis ready to risk lives, fortunes and sacred honor for the privilege of self-government, this discussion might mean something.

As it stands, choosing among one kind of Muslim or another is akin to debating the angels on the head of a pin.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at April 25, 2004 12:31 AM
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