Thursday, February 23, 2006

The Asymptote of Disaster in Iraq

Mosque Attack Pushes Iraq Toward Civil War Approaching Disaster in Iraq


Insurgents posing as police destroyed the golden dome of one of Iraq's holiest Shiite shrines Wednesday, setting off an unprecendented spasm of sectarian violence. Angry crowds thronged the streets, militiamen attacked Sunni mosques, and at least 19 people were killed.

The raid was led by a group of men dressed like Iraqi police commandos in an attempt to begin a civil war in Iraq. The most likely suspect is Al Zarqawi. Bill Roggio has more analysis here.

Despite the fact that Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani sent instructions to his followers forbidding attacks on Sunni mosques and seven days of mourning, I personally am finding this is the most worrying development since the battle of Falluja. And Iraq the Model is reporting on the undeclared emergency around Baghdad and the country.

This might be the painful spur needed to get the country more functional.

On the other hand, it made me start thinking more seriously about the option of partitioning of Iraq into three parts. Depending on what happens in the next while in Iraq, it may come to that. And I suppose that option might also prove workable, as it did after some bloody wars, in Yugoslavia. Or not.

Could you imagine what would have happened if Jews had taken out the dome of Dome of the Rock? Remember that plan to do just that back in the 80s by a couple of fanatics. Didn't that include Rabbi Moshe Levenger's son?

UPDATE: BBC is reporting 50 bodies recovered in overnight violence, including 3 journalists.

The Telegraph is reporting up to 60 Sunni Mosques have been targeted in reprisal raids.

I wonder how this fits into Ahmadinejad's belief in the imminent apocalyse. A helping or a hindering development ?
And of course Ahmadinejad pronounces: it's all the fault of the Great Satanist Americans and those evil Zionists.

His brain chemistry seems to be wired on only one trajectory. Must get kind of boring in there for those neurons.

Iraq the Model reports on the extrended curfew in Baghdad.


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