Sunday, August 05, 2007

Iraq: We killed a Golden Mosque bomber 

This is satisfying news, even if of small military or political significance:

U.S. troops killed the al-Qaida mastermind of the latest bombing at a prized Shiite shrine, and at least 13 people died when mortars rained down on their Baghdad neighborhood, officials said Sunday.

Haitham Sabah Shaker Mohammed al-Badri was the al-Qaida in Iraq emir of Salahuddin province, and the figure responsible for the June 13 bombing of the twin minarets at the Golden Dome mosque in Samarra, the U.S. military said in a statement. He died in a U.S. operation east of Samarra on Thursday, though his death was announced three days later.

"Al-Badri was positively identified by close associates and family members," the statement said.

Al-Badri had also been a suspect in an earlier bombing, in February 2006, which destroyed the same mosque's golden dome and set in motion an unrelenting cycle of retaliatory sectarian bloodletting.

Al-Badri and his compadres ran false-flag operations to stoke sectarian rage and destroy the nascent Iraqi democracy in its cradle. His group was so successful that we do not know whether a unified Iraq was possible in his absence.
The Golden Dome — or, Askariya — shrine in Samarra, 60 miles north of Baghdad, is one of the holiest places for Shiites. Despite heightened security put in place after the February 2006 bombing, suspected al-Qaida militants managed to infiltrate the compound and bring down its two minarets in June.

The first attack unleashed a bloodbath of reprisals — of Shiite death-squad murders of Sunnis, and Sunni bombing attacks on Shiites. At least 34,000 civilians died in last year's violence, the United Nations reported.

The second bombing, in June, toppled the two minarets — which for many Shiites, were symbols of resilience in the face of a tireless Sunni insurgency — and dealt a bold blow to hopes for reconciliation.

Al-Badri is probably lucky that he died quickly at the hands of the United States military. There are undoubtedly a lot of people in Iraq who would have preferred to stretch out the process by which he died.

MORE: Apparently I'm mistaken. Jews blew up the Golden Mosque. Or at least decreed that it should be done and managed to influence Arabs into acting on their behalf.


If the Zionists are so powerful, it's a wonder they aren't more popular. After all, everybody loves a winner!


By Blogger D.E. Cloutier, at Sun Aug 05, 04:36:00 PM:


"Saudi Arabia, in which Wahhabism is the state form of Islam, has a long history of vandalizing and demolishing historical monuments. Wahhabi doctrine holds that raising gravestones or tombs or maintaining graveyards constitutes idolatry, known in Arabic as shirk, a grievous sin. So does preserving buildings--including religious structures such as mosques."

-- Stephen Schwartz, The Weekly Standard, 2004


By Blogger D.E. Cloutier, at Sun Aug 05, 05:22:00 PM:



No, TH, they are propagandists. And they are often better at it than we are.  

By Blogger TigerHawk, at Sun Aug 05, 05:28:00 PM:

Sadly, DEC, you are right, although I think the success of their propaganda derives largely from the gullibility of their target audience.  

By Blogger Dawnfire82, at Sun Aug 05, 09:45:00 PM:

"I think the success of their propaganda derives largely from the gullibility of their target audience."


By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Aug 06, 12:31:00 AM:

How many more till we get to the big guy BIN LADEN himself?  

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