Divide and Conquer
I wasn't going to comment on the bombing of the Muslim shrine in Samarra because it's very distressing to acknowledge that the world is swiftly reaching the point of no return as it barrels towards self-inflicted Armageddon. But, this account from Baghdad is worth sharing:
We woke up this morning to news that men wearing Iraqi security uniforms walked in and detonated explosives, damaging the mosque almost beyond repair. . . and several mosques in Baghdad were attacked. I think what has everyone most disturbed is the fact that the reaction was so swift, like it was just waiting to happen.It's not likely that we'll ever find out who planned and perpetrated this crime against Islamic culture - it seems no Mosque was spared. But, it's important to note that only people who want to be known would wear identifiable clothing and detonate explosives in broad daylight.
All morning we’ve been hearing/watching both Shia and Sunni religious figures speak out against the explosions and emphasise that this is what is wanted by the enemies of Iraq- this is what they would like to achieve- divide and conquer. Extreme Shia are blaming extreme Sunnis and Iraq seems to be falling apart at the seams under foreign occupiers and local fanatics.
No one went to work today as the streets were mostly closed. The situation isn’t good at all . . . There’s so much talk of civil war and yet, with the people I know- Sunnis and Shia alike- I can hardly believe it is a possibility. Educated, sophisticated Iraqis are horrified with the idea of turning against each other, and even not-so-educated Iraqis seem very aware that this is a small part of a bigger, more ominous plan…
In fact, in another report from Basra:
[P]olice said gunmen in police uniforms broke into a jail, seized 12 Sunni men and later killed them, according to the Reuters news agency.Whether or not these provocateurs were Iraqis, we may never know. But, that was the intended impression - all part of a broader plan.
The question is, whose plan? and how broad is it? In the meantime, as the world unravels before our eyes, we can only pray for an outcome that favors freedom from oppression. And, remember that Americans share the same fate as Iraqis if we allow the media to continue keeping us distracted and divided.
Thanks, Wampum, for the link.