[Marxism] RE: Asia Times on Mosque Explosion

Marvin Gandall marvgandall at rogers.com
Wed Mar 3 08:46:04 MST 2004

From: Calvin Broadbent (Wednesday, March 03, 2004 8:23 AM)

> Here is an article from today's Asia Times, which seems to echo my
> analysis of the horrible massacre. Who do people think is behind this
> reactionary killing?
Hard to know, isn’t it?

The Independent’s Robert Fisk is sceptical that Sunni religious
extremists were behind the Karbala and Baghdad bombings, and Reuters
reports that al Qaeda has denied responsibility for the acts.

Fisk, who notes the historical absence of Shia-Sunni sectarian violence
in Iraq, says there is no reason the Sunni resistance, including its
religious fundamentalist wing, “would want to have the (Shia) majority
of Iraqis against it.” He speculates instead that Iraqi exile groups
would have a greater interest in promoting a sectarian civil war in
order to perpetuate the US occupation.

Reuters, meanwhile, says the Islamic group affiliated to al-Qaeda which
accepted responsibility for the bombings of the UN’s Baghdad
headquarters and the Turkish synagogues has denied responsibility for
the latest action, saying it only targets “Crusader Americans and their

The difficulty with Fisk’s analysis is it ignores mindless violence by
Sunni fundamentalists against Shias elsewhere, such as in Pakistan, and
doesn’t address the difficulty secular exile groups would presumably
have recruiting suicide bombers or – as the San Francisco Chronicle and
other papers have reported – that the tactic seems to be succeeding in
directing Shia anger at the Americans rather than their Sunni
compatriots.  Seen in this light, it’s wouldn’t be as irrational an
action as Fisk supposes.

The Fisk, Reuters, and SF Chronicle articles are all posted together on
our site, www.supportingfacts.com.

Marv Gandall

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