Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Al-Jazeera Publishes the Obvious While MSM Ignores It

The American mainstream media have been queerly incurious about the al-Askiriya shrine bombing in February that touched off sectarian violence in Iraq. Meanwhile, American writer Sandy Shanks had this to say in al-Jazeera:
About the last thing Americans wanted, and their leadership, was for sectarian violence to blow the lid off Iraq. The same could be said for Shias and Sunni, most of whom wish only to rid themselves of the Western occupiers.

The same cannot be said for al-Qaida. It wants only turmoil and a civil war in Iraq would fit in with the group's grand scheme, embarrassing the US to the utmost. Moreover, this attack looks like an al-Qaida operation - well planned and executed brilliantly against an iconic target.
No kidding. I'd add that mortar attacks on Sunnis, followed soon after by mortar attacks on Shi'ites, should have gotten some of the reporters sitting in the Green Zone thinking, if not actually seeking the story. Ralph Peters of the New York Post seems to be the only reporter willing to leave the hotel.

Also posted at The Jawa Report and Vince Aut Morire.