February 22, 2006
Muslim against Muslim - but wait, it's all the fault of the US!
The appalling news today of the deliberate bombing of a Shi'ite shrine in Iraq, actually betrays the fact that there is a struggle underlying the obvious turmoil of a country trying to re-invent itself. A struggle for power by religious fanatics against the more pragmatic "secular" politicians who wish to establish a democracy based on less rigidly religious lines.
The tragedy is, that in a country as volatile as the present Iraq, it is all too easy for this sort of atrocity to tip the country into a civil war - something it has almost succeeded in doing. Let us all hope and pray that the perpetrators fail, because, if they succeed, it will be very bad news for the entire world. The campaign over the "cartoons" is a part of this overall campaign to destabilise and reduce the will of the "free" world to resist these fanatics. It is a tried and trusted methodology, after all, it worked against the US in Vietnam, in Cambodia, in Cuba and other South American countries - and it is still in use even now in North Korea. The strings of accusations, "revelations" of atrocities, all tie down valuable time and resources with ridiculous and time consuming investigations of complaints, allegations and slurs ably spread by means of a "free" press in the target country - and drip fed in heavily biased reports in the controlled media of the originator. It destabilises and creates an atmosphere of distrust, unease and fear - perfect for civil revolt if you provide the right incentive.
As ever, of course, the British, US and other Allied Forces there now have the unenviable task of trying to prevent the commission of further attrocities and of trying to keep the factions apart. Sunni Muslims are the majority - but only in parts - the rest are Shia, and many of Shi'ite Islam's holiest places are in Iraq. Ergo, the perpetrators have ready made targets. Worryingly, the bombers today wore Iraqi Police Uniforms, which should tell the world that the police have been infiltrated by the "insurgents", "agitators" or whatever you wish to call them. Even more worryingly, a leading Shia Imam managed to make a statement to the effect that the attack - by acknowledged Sunni Terrorists - was the fault of the presence in the area of US troops. It demonstrates clearly just how far from reality is any hope of rational judgement being exercised by those who see themselves as representing the religious interests of the people. It certainly tells me that no matter what they do, our and the US troops will always be seen by these, no doubt otherwise reasonably intelligent men, as anti-Islam.
The tragedy of the destruction of the Golden Dome over the shrine of the Imams is an indication of just how far the minds behind the attempts to provoke a civil war are prepared to go. We can only be thankful that there were no deaths - or at least none reported yet! But, let us be clear, this is not about faith, it is not about Islam, it is about power - and who wields it. Identify the people behind the bombers and you will find that it is a small group of radical Imams who, once they have reduced the country to a slaughterhouse, will emerge from the shadows to the acclaim of their followers and grab control - if the world allows them to do so.
Let us hope that the media frenzy which will no doubt follow, does not sway the minds that control our forces into allowing this to happen.
Posted by The Gray Monk at February 22, 2006 08:15 PM
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