Friday, March 03, 2006

Whodunnit?

Bloomberg
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the assault, though Iraqi National Security adviser Muwaffiq al- Rubaie told Agence France-Presse that it bears ``the imprint of Al-Qaeda which wants to bring about a civil war.''
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian-born leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, declared an ``all-out war'' on Shiites in September 2005, and has since then dispatched Sunni fighters to bomb Shiites and their mosques across the country.

AlQaeda
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Uruknet
"The National Guard has replaced the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps as the largest security force in Iraq," reports the World Tribune. "The 45,000-member force has been trained and equipped by the United States, with help from Britain and Jordan." In short, the Iraqi National Guard is a subsidiary of the Pentagon, organized and trained to do the bidding of the Anglo-American occupation forces and their installed minions. Thus it should come as no surprise the Iraqi National Guard may play an important role in the recent bombing of the Golden Dome mosque in Samarra, according to locals.

US control of Iraq Interior Ministry
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US State Dept
Although an investigation has been launched to determine who perpetrated the crime, Lynch said it appeared to be the work of terrorists…

Terrorists
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Cuba no less...
To name names would be impossible. However, to come up with an explanation of why a centuries old holy mosque in the city of Samarra, Iraq was bombed, one must consider in whose interests could it be to exacerbate the ethnic and religious differences in the region….
Islam’s largest branches sought to settle old scores with each other: Shiites and Sunnis, acted predictably to the first result of the blasting of the shrine, an act which could only be committed by an enemy of the Muslim world. Someone interested in sparking the flame to justify wars of intervention and occupation of entire countries, as is occurring today with Iraq and Afghanistan.

This is Cuba calling - US
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All American Patriots
State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli told reporters at a State Department briefing that the bombing of the mosque serves as “a reminder that there are those out there that are trying to derail the political process and sow sectarian strife in order to plunge Iraq into chaos and frustrate the democratic development of that country.”

?Terrorists . Obviously a code that I can not understand.
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Global Research
British Prime Minister Tony Blair stated that those who committed the attack on the Golden Mosque 'have only one motive: to create a violent sedition between the Sunnis and the Shiites in order to derail the Iraqi rising democracy from its path.'
Well said Mr. Blair, particularly when we keep in mind the fact that less than a year ago in Basra, two undercover British SAS soldiers were detained by Iraqi security forces whilst traveling in a car full of bombs and remote detonators.
Jailed and accused by Muqtada al-Sadr and others of attempting to generate sectarian conflict by planting bombs in mosques, they were broken out of the Iraqi jail by the British military before they could be tried.

Britain!
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Economist
First, most Sunni Arabs, who have run Iraq since its creation nearly 90 years ago, seem bizarrely loth to admit that they number barely a fifth of the population—and cannot see why they should not continue to run the show. Hence their endorsement of the insurgents, even while electing representatives to parliament. Second, the newly dominant Shia Arabs, with 60% of the people, seem increasingly loth to grant the Sunnis a fair share in government, especially since they seem unable or unwilling to stop insurgents from carrying out sectarian outrages such as bombing the shrine

Iraqis?
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Khaleej Times
Sectarian attacks since suspected Al Qaeda militants bombed a Shia shrine in Samarra on Feb. 22 have stalled…

AlQaeda
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Speroforum
But Shiite leaders, frustrated by the recent spasm of violence, argue that the U.S. is tying their hands in combating the insurgency. SCIRI leader Abdul Azziz al-Hakim went so far as to say that Khalilzad [ the US Ambassador in Iraq?] had given the insurgents a “green light” to attack the Samarra mosque.


US Is that a tinfoil hat place - don't know.
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Focus on Iran

“The investigations carried out so far about the explosion in the resting place of Imam al-Hadi and Imam Hassan al-Askari in Samarra point to the involvement of the Iranian regime’s Intelligence Ministry”, Abdullah Hossein Jabbara announced. He was referring to Iran’s secret police, the Ministry of Intelligence and Security, which is known to be actively operating in Iraq

Iran I suspect that tinfoil hats might be needed there as well.
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Now I have not been “selective” here, but I think that most would agree that including 1398 Reuters reports and 798 extracts from Fox News is not really going to add much. Rather, I have been selective to the extent of trying to track independent opinions from as wide a spectrum as possible (hence Cuba :-D )

What to deduce?

The most firm deduction that can be made is “No one really knows”. After that the ball park is truly open.

You can find (as above) Iran implicated though their Ministry of Intelligence working in Iraq. You can find accusations from the Conspiracy Corps telling of CIA undercover or covert members embedded in the Iraqi Interior Ministry.

The most “popular” are Alqaeda – and here it is interesting to note that even some of the Arab media take that call – and “Iraqi insurgents”. In this latter case, which side of the political fence you place your elbows seems to determine just who you accuse.

And there, truly, is where I think the truth lies. (Hmmm, potential paradox there…)

There was an interesting commentary, including “witness interviews” which described activities around the Mosque in the early hours of the morning before the explosion. Those “activities” included road blocks, armed men in black, and armed men in Interior Ministry uniforms. There was added “evidence” from another person opining that it could have taken as long as four hours to set the explosives in a manner to cause the amount of damage seen. There has been in other reports detail of “four charges, rigged through a central detonator”.

So, was it Sunni? Kurd? Shi’a?

I have no idea. Thoughts…

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