Thursday, February 23, 2006

Was This Really Necessary?

Last year, Sunni extremists bombed a Shiite holy procession in Iraq, killing many. This year the same procession was largely left alone. However...

This year the 1000-year-old golden dome of a 1200-year-old mosque of great historical and religious significance has been reduced to rubble. The attack was apparently carried out by four bombers, at least one of whom was dressed as either an Iraqi soldier or a police officer. No one was killed in the bombing, fortunately, but as far as Shiite Muslims are concerned, this is an attack that makes 9/11 look like a paltry slap across the face. The ensuing riots in Iraq have already killed dozens including three journalists of Al-Arabiya television.

As this guy points out, the response from Muslims worldwide has actually been surprisingly muted, especially after all that fire and blood that resulted (read "is still resulting", as Christians and Muslims continue to slaughter each other in Nigeria) from a bunch of ridiculous cartoons. Only the Iraqis themselves are getting into a froth over this. Moreover, it seems that only the Iraqis are actually blaming Sunni extremists for the attack.

President Ahmadinejad of Iran, displaying his usual rationality, blamed the U.S. and Israel for destroying the mosque. Firebrand clerics in Egypt, Lebanon, and elsewhere have expressed similar sentiments. Tellingly, extremist Iraqi Shiite cleric Al-Sadr did NOT make such a claim, saying only that the Occupation should "take responsibility" for the attack by accelerating their withdrawl timetable.

The whole picture just keeps making less and less sense as time goes by. Let's apply some simple logic here, shall we? No matter how noble, secret, greedy, or sinister the motives of the U.S. government in the Middle East may or may not be, there is nothing to gain and everything to lose from an attack like this. Even in an ideological worst nightmare scenario, this spells disaster. As for the Muslim world, launching into a sectarian civil war would wipe out the strength needed to stand against the Western encroachment they fear so much.

In other words, in this game, everybody loses.

So I ask again: was this really necessary?


ladybug said...

Well, considering the Protestant/Catholic split is only 500 years old, Ireland can look forward to at least another 500 years of sectarian violence...

So while Sunnis & Shias will continue the internecine fratricide in the Middle East, the Xian/Muslim power struggle in Africa continues.

The Xian Nigerians are also pissed because the Mullahs in the North screeching about the Danish cartoons are the same people who stopped people from getting vaccinated for Polio, Smallpox, etc., (the whole "white westerners are out to destroy black Muslim Africa" conspiracy). Well, we all know how THAT turned out.

Just my 2 cents..

cvaclocs-an obscure latin term for the ancient celtic practice of getting drunk, passing out, and getting "handfasted" to the tribe's fugly girl...

Don Snabulus said...

Can we talk about port outsourcing because I specifically remember everyone talking about that and almost nobody talking about this?

That makes port outsourcing more important than sectarian strife. Also, there is some new info in the Natalee Holloway story.

Not that I have time to watch TV because I am trying to beat the last line of resistance in my new XBox 3 game Badge of Courageous Honor. I like the realism; well except the whole thing looks like a cartoon, all the corpses look the same, and all the weapons fire sounds like a dropped marble or someone hitting a kettle drum.

What were we talking about again?

mbubb - Bob saying his name while eating peanut butter.

DewKid said...

I hear that we (the US taxpayers) are going to rebuild that mosque for them. We can't have the 10 commandments on the premesis of the Supreme Court (or was it the Senate... I can't remember now), but we'll build a mosque! Nice.

jquck - Bob realizing that that wasn't peanut butter.

Colin Powell said...

As I said before, "You broke it. You bought it." I ought to know. I was instrumental in helping to break it.

Dave Lesar, CEO said...

Yes, it was necessary.

You have to judge by our objectives. If the objective to secure peace, democratic self government, and regional stability, then this is a terrible waste and tragedy.

If however, you look at it from my perspective, it is an opportunity. After all, the more chaos and the longer it continues, the more contracts we can secure and the more profits there are to be made.

This means jobs for Americans - in the military and as private contractors. It helps our stockholders which also helps the American economy, and it is a boost to our off shore banks who support the ecconomies of the third world countries they are located in.

It's a win-win. Unless you're an Iraqi. But hey, you're either with us or your with the terrorists. Right?

Some Viking said...

Lemon curry?

Anonymous said...

This is just a precurser to the destruction of other Holy Sites, like the Dome of the Rock, which of course, will be blamed on Israel.

Seymour said...

I still think the Sufi's can pull it off. They're the "cool" sect of Islam.

isuse-belonging to you