Iraq took a lethal step closer to disintegration and civil war yesterday after a devastating attack on one of the country’s holiest sites. The destruction of the golden-domed Shia shrine in Samarra sparked a round of bloody sectarian retaliation in which up to 60 Sunni mosques were attacked and scores of people were killed or injured.
Another Day in the Empire wonders if this was a Black Op, a deliberate attempt to create chaos by occupation forces. But that implies occupation forces are a) still in control and b) have a coherent plan, both of which seem almost certainly not true. Plus, it discounts the insurgency as the real force that it most certainly is. The insurgency is a hydra, with multiple forces working to drive the US out. Some of them may loathe each other but they are most certainly united on their goal of forcing the US from their homeland.
It makes absolutely no sense for Sunnis to bomb Shia mosques; this would be akin to Baptists bombing Catholic churches.
Well, 10 Alabama churches have been firebombed recently, and no doubt it’s “Christians” doing it. That it makes no sense is a given. But it is happening nonetheless.
While the neocons are certainly slimy enough to blow up mosques in hopes of creating confusion they can exploit, that’s not what’s happening here. The neocons have no mojo left in Iraq. The US has already lost. And now due to their shortsighted greed and stupidity, they’ve destabilized the entire Middle East. Their plan probably is to try and grab the oil-rich southern portion of Iraq as the country disintegrates. But they’ve failed at every thing they’ve attempted in Iraq , haven’t they? That thousands have died and thousands more will die in their bloodlust for oil and dominance concerns them not.
But the neocons are losing. And that’s the one thing they never thought could happen.