[Marxism] Bombings in Shia cities aid US campaign to foster civil war in Iraq

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Sun Dec 19 09:18:52 MST 2004

There is no doubt that there is only one real beneficiary of these
actions: the US occupation.  From the moment it became clear that the
resistance was far stronger than anything the US had counted on, they
have banked on sectarian divisions between the majority Shia and the
traditionally dominant Sunni to provide a basis for the occupation in
the population.  These bombings provide Shia leaders who are so inclined
to advocate support for the US in the war as a matter of survival.

In my opinion, only in very extreme and unpredictable circumstances can
the US be forced out of Iraq by a purely Sunni movement with the Shia
neutral or tilting toward Washington.  And this division has worsened in
recent months as a consequence of the Shia leadership's attempt a power
grab through the US sponsored elections. (Will the US allow them to pull
this off, installing a government that is NOT completely controlled by
them -- unlike the asset Allawi -- in order to provide a basis for the
occupation in a Shia-Sunni war? Risky but possible.)

Unfortunately, the fact that Washington benefits does not prove that
Washington carried out these acts.  There are other forces who are
attracted to this kind of slaughter, including ultra-Sunni religious
forces (some tied to Saudi Arabia and perhaps, by way of that tie, to
Washington).  Personally, I am convinced that Washington is carrying out
a blood-drenched COINTELPRO operation in Iraq. But they can utilize the
generally anarchic and violent atmosphere and the prevalence of
anonymous or effectively anonymous actions (by previously unheard of or
ad hoc groups) to divert some suspicions from themselves.

Car bombs where no suicide is involved by the perpetrators are the most
suspicious, in my view.
Fred Feldman

Two Deadly Bombings Kill Dozens in Iraq 

By Anthony Shadid and Fred Barbash
Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, December 20, 2004; 9:33 AM 

BAGHDAD, Dec. 19--Six weeks before Iraq's nationwide vote, another blast
of violence hit the country Sunday, including two bombings in Shiite
cities that claimed dozens of lives and an ambush that killed three
employees of Iraq's electoral commission.

The car bomb attacks both took place in cities housing celebrated Shiite
shrines suggesting that they were designed to exploit sectarian
divisions in Iraq.

The attack on the election workers was one in a series targeting the
interim government's efforts to hold a Jan. 30 election, which will
choose a 275-member parliament. Militants have threatened to attack
polling stations, voters and candidates.

The car bomb in Najaf, home to the Imam Ali shrine, detonated in central
Maidan Square where a large crowd of people had gathered for the funeral
procession of a tribal sheik, the Associated Press reported.

Youssef Munim, head of the statistics department at Najaf's al-Hakim
Hospital, told the AP that 30 people were killed by the explosion and 65
were wounded. But another hospital official speaking to reporters put
the number of dead at 18.

An earlier car bombing took place in Karbala, home to two important
Shiite shrines. The main hospital said 12 people were killed in that
attack near the city's bus station and that at least 34 were wounded.

A hospital official told wire services that all appeared to be civilians
and there were many women and children among the casualties.

It was the second attack in five days in Karbala.

The car in which the electoral employees were riding was ambushed on one
of Iraq's most dangerous roads, Haifa Street in downtown Baghdad, said
Adel Allami, a director of the commission. He said the car was carrying
five commission workers, two of whom escaped.

A sequence of photos by AP showed election workers apparently being
forced from their vehicles and executed in the street by men wielding

On Saturday, insurgents fired mortars at a polling center in Dujail, 50
miles north of Baghdad. One Iraqi was killed and eight were wounded, the
U.S. military said. Allami acknowledged the threat posed to the
commission's workers. "We hear about this kind of attack every day," he
said. "We do what we can do." 

Fred Barbash reported from Washington. 

C 2004 The Washington Post Company 

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