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Wednesday, February 22, 2006


From today's AP article on the Samarra bombing:

"This criminal act aims at igniting civil strife," said Mahmoud al-Samarie, a 28-year-old builder who was among the crowd. "We demand an investigation so that the criminals who did this be punished. If the government fails to do so, then we will take arm and chase the people behind this attack."

Uh, hello? Man, Arabs are not noted for their heightened sense of irony.

For those of you who don't know, this is a big deal. This is the destruction of one of the major sites in shi'a islam. It's where the 10th and 11th imams were buried and where the 12th is possibly supposed to return from, ushering in the age of universal peace and justice. Attacking it has got the shi'a going ape.

Now if they can only grasp two admittedly foreign, yet important concepts:

  1. Going ape is exactly what the Enemy wants you to do so therefore, you're actually giving them what they want.
  2. America and Israel don't have anything to do with this!
About 3,000 people marched the Shiite city of Kut, chanting anti-American and anti-Israeli slogans and burning U.S. and Israeli flags.


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