|Countdown to the Iraqi
Civil War has
The daily pattern of murder in Iraq is spinning out of control; the
death toll is becoming
unbearable. Iraqi cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani ruled that
slaughtering of politicians and religious dignitaries, children and
the elderly has
assumed the dimensions of "mass extermination," and that Iraq is
headed in the direction
of what he called "genocide."
The elderly leader of Iraq's Shiites has consistently urged his
fellow Shiites to remain
calm and is not given to exaggeration. Indeed, he has good reason to
issue his dramatic
appeal: Thousands of Iraqi civilians, soldiers and police officers
have already met
violent deaths in the first half of this year. Nevertheless, Iraq's
Bayan Jabr, says that there is no discernible pattern to the
omnipresence of death, no
grand plan behind the indiscriminate terror.
But his claim ignores the obvious: The victims of the suicide attacks
exclusively Shiites, who represent the majority, or about 60 percent,
of the Iraqi
The masterminds of terror, especially al-Qaida leader Abu Musab al-
Zarqawi, are Sunnis.
Their goal is to instigate civil war, which would lead to the
complete collapse of this
ethnically and religiously divided country.
This civil war, which has in fact been underway for some time, isn't
just frightening the
citizens of Baghdad, whose lives have become a living hell as a
result. It's also alarming
Muslim Despots, Tyrants, Kings, Dictators, who sees it as a threat to their thrones. The
disintegration of Iraq
after a long, bloody civil war would draw a schism across the Muslim
world going far
beyond Iraq and effectively divide the Muslim world, making the job
of finally defeating
it much easier.
An agenda which although very necessary needs to be
kept under wraps for obvious reasons.
Thus the implications of an impending Iraqi civil war poses a direct threat to the thrones of the Muslim potentates across the Islamic crescent and so is a subject of furtive discussions across many stately rooms in Islamic capitals as also many plush drawing rooms of the rich and powerful across the Muslim Ummah.
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