posted on Dec, 7 2004 @ 09:09 PM
Originally posted by superdude
Is this an entirely new form of desperation? How can this help your cause at all?
Since the cause is the re-establishment o the caliphate preceeded by the promotion of general anarchy in teh middle east, this is perfectly sensible.
These guys aren't good pious beleivers who have been pushed too far.
I don't understand tho, why is a Shi'a mosque in a Sunni neighborhood? The Sunnis ad Shi'a are locked in a death struggle, one that technically
sprouts from a determination of which of their prophet mohammed's descendants, which lineage, is supposed to hold the caliphate (think c.f. the pope
in the dark ages at the seat of an empire). THe sunni say its one lineage. The shi'a disagree and say its another. For this the shi'a are branded
as something like apostates by the sunnis. And as everyone knows, nonbeleivers are nothing compared to apostates, apostates are the worst, they're
will agents of the devil and the like.
So murdering evil shi'a in their vulgar profane anti-mosques isn't much of a problem for a militant fundamentalist. I assume it works vice versa.
Its especially ironic since, of course, there is no more caliphate, and I don't think that there is even anyone that can serve as a descendant and
sucessor of either line no?
Iraq of course isn't simply divided inti shia and sunni. The tribal affiliations are also tremendously important there, along with general ethnic
identity. The Marsh Arabs, for example, aren't aligning with anyone as far as I know. The Kurds and their Peshmerga warrriors are sticking to their
own territory. They're an iranian people and are more or less interested in their own security. The Fallujans, as has been seen, are made up of old
baathists and regime families. Most of the problems are comming from what the 'sunni triangle' was, the central, more modernized and urbanized
elite that made up the core of saddam's support, and before saddam the baath party in general. They're not simply going to give up because they
are told to. So there are lots of factional lines active in this situation.