24 February 2006
Reactions to the mosque bombing
Returning to the mosque bombings, Juan Cole reports that "Iran is blaming Bush and the Israelis, which is ridiculous but already widely believed in Iraq and Iran".
For her part, Riverbend points out that religious leaders are trying to calm inter-communal conflict by claiming that "this is what is wanted by the enemies of Iraq- this is what they would like to achieve- divide and conquer."
It looks to me as if some good can come out of this tragedy. If the Iraqis come to believe that the Americans are behind the bombings - even if they are not - then the occupiers will face a united Iraqi population that is motivated by the single desire to get them out. Their position will be untenable and they will be lucky to get out with their army intact.