Reappointment in Samarra

Drop your bombs between the minarets, down the Casbah way: There’s not much to say about the new attack on the Golden Mosque (the al-Askari Mosque) in Samarra beyond the obvious. Murderous passions will be reignited by this echo of the original 2006 attack, everyone in Iraq will blame everyone else for the destruction when they’re not blaming al-Qaeda, and the Iraqi security force responsible for guarding the remnants of the shrine – the Salahuddin province police – will suddenly find life most uncomfortable. That last point, the possible culpability of the guards (mostly Sunni, if I understand correctly), speaks most loudly now: the inherent insecurity of the various Iraqi security forces makes the new American policy of arming selected Sunni Arab groups a matter of concern.

(Cross-posted.)

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  1. Melissa McEwan

    That last point, the possible culpability of the guards (mostly Sunni, if I understand correctly), speaks most loudly now: the inherent insecurity of the various Iraqi security forces makes the new American policy of arming selected Sunni Arab groups a matter of concern.

    Spot on.

    I’m glad you posted about this, because I read it earlier, and my brain just sort of froze with overwhelming “Argh WTF Ugh Meh” all at once and I didn’t even know what to write.

    I just don’t know what to say anymore.

  2. The only way this could have been worse is if US soldiers had done it. Although, that may have been better for Iraq in the long run if it could have united them against us and forced them to work together. Which also wouldn’t work because they would turn on each other as soon as we left. I guess what I am trying to say is Remember 9/11 and fighting them over there so they don’t invade Pella, Iowa. Either that, or this whole war is a cluster

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Reappointment in Samarra

Drop your bombs between the minarets, down the Casbah way: There’s not much to say about the new attack on the Golden Mosque (the al-Askari Mosque) in Samarra beyond the obvious. Murderous passions will be reignited by this echo of the original 2006 attack, everyone in Iraq will blame everyone else for the destruction when they’re not blaming al-Qaeda, and the Iraqi security force responsible for guarding the remnants of the shrine – the Salahuddin province police – will suddenly find life most uncomfortable. That last point, the possible culpability of the guards (mostly Sunni, if I understand correctly), speaks most loudly now: the inherent insecurity of the various Iraqi security forces makes the new American policy of arming selected Sunni Arab groups a matter of concern.

(Cross-posted.)

2 Comments

Filed under 02_waveflux

2 responses to “Reappointment in Samarra

  1. Melissa McEwan

    That last point, the possible culpability of the guards (mostly Sunni, if I understand correctly), speaks most loudly now: the inherent insecurity of the various Iraqi security forces makes the new American policy of arming selected Sunni Arab groups a matter of concern.

    Spot on.

    I’m glad you posted about this, because I read it earlier, and my brain just sort of froze with overwhelming “Argh WTF Ugh Meh” all at once and I didn’t even know what to write.

    I just don’t know what to say anymore.

  2. The only way this could have been worse is if US soldiers had done it. Although, that may have been better for Iraq in the long run if it could have united them against us and forced them to work together. Which also wouldn’t work because they would turn on each other as soon as we left. I guess what I am trying to say is Remember 9/11 and fighting them over there so they don’t invade Pella, Iowa. Either that, or this whole war is a cluster

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