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Let's be clear: the attack on the Mustafa mosque was no accident, nor was it some stupid move by a low-ranking officer who didn't know the implications of what he was doing. The attack was a deliberate act of intimidation and provocation directed against the Shi'ia majority by U.S. occupation authorities. It will not be the last.
The U.S. has no interest in a successful Iraq government, since it is now clear that such a government will be Shi'ia led, and close to Iran politically. Therefore, my guess is that the fallback strategy is to rev up the Shi'ia militants, stir up civil strife, and perhaps even to get the Sunni minority, long the heart of opposition to the U.S., to turn to the U.S. for help, as the Kurds did years back.
Any way you look at it, this is a horrible mess--one that at $500 billion and counting, is bankrupting this country, destroying its image around the world, and killing hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis.
Neocons Admit Slaughtering Shia Worshippers (Another Day in the Empire)
According to U.S. News & World Report, the slaughter of worshippers at a mosque in the Ur neighborhood of Baghdad was intended to serve as a message “to radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr,” an influential force in post-Saddam politics. Earlier in the week deputy US commander in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, “dismissed reports that a mosque had been hit, or that the 50 Iraqi Special Operations forces, backed up by 25 US advisers, had chosen the wrong target. Besides capturing some weaponry, they released an Iraqi dental technician who had been kidnapped 12 hours earlier,” according to the Christian Science Monitor.
Never mind that last September Two SAS operatives were discovered, dressed as members of the al-Sadr’s Badr Brigade, readying a terrorist bombing in Basra and Iraqi officials have arrested in Tikrit a “security contractor working for a private company” in possession of explosives, likely for the same reason. One need look no further than Rumsfeld’s neocon infested Pentagon to find affirmation of this covert approach, as documented by Seymour Hersh:
“In some cases, according to the Pentagon advisers, local citizens could be recruited and asked to join up with guerrillas or terrorists. This could potentially involve organizing and carrying out combat operations, or even terrorist activities,” Hersh writes for the New Yorker. Of course, in the absence of reliable Iraqi traitors and murderous thugs, it is conceivable Special Forces, British SAS, and “security contractor” operatives would pull off such terrorism. In fact, I believe we can count on it.