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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.

The coalition hasn't been personally responsible for the bombing but their divide and rule tactics are working in their favour.

I agree, that it'd be great if they drove the coalition out through a united force.

24 February 2006 at 08:39  

Why wouldn't they be responsible? That was a pro job. They benefit (in the usual short-sighted way military types think). Aggressors lose wars they start all the time. They keep thinking the one where they've finally bitten-off more than they can chew is going to be the same as all the others they got away with previously.

Frankly, even if they get "confessions" out of some poor saps (like the pros who did this?), I won't believe they didn't do it. It's just too fucking convenient -- no matter the outcome of this particular roll of the dice.

24 February 2006 at 09:46  

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