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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another

3/02/2004

Religion of Peace

In my JewBusters piece in the American Spectator I said, "Al Qaeda has cleverly revised its strategy and is now blowing up Muslims." Horrible evidence of that appeared in Iraq today:
Near-simultaneous suicide bombings in two Iraqi cities killed at least 143 people Tuesday as they crowded near mosques to celebrate Shiite Islam's most important holiday.

Iraqi and American officials blamed the bombings, just outside revered Shiite shrines in Baghdad and Karbala, on terrorists seeking to provoke conflict among Iraq's ethnic groups and to disrupt U.S. attempts to return sovereignty to a transitional Iraqi government on July 1.

A main suspect, they said, was Abu Musab al Zarqawi, a Jordanian with reputed links to al-Qaida, who allegedly authored an intercepted letter calling for attacks on Shiites.
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The murderous logic of Zarqawi was outlined in a plaintive letter found by coalition forces in Iraq and published at The National Review Online:
D. The Shi'a in our opinion, these are the key to change. Targeting and striking their religious, political, and military symbols, will make them show their rage against the Sunnis and bear their inner vengeance. If we succeed in dragging them into a sectarian war, this will awaken the sleepy Sunnis who are fearful of destruction and death at the hands of these Sabeans, i.e., the Shi'a. Despite their weakness, the Sunnis are strong-willed and honest and different from the coward and deceitful Shi'a, who only attack the weak. Most of the Sunnis are aware of the danger of these people and they fear them. If it were not for those disappointing shaykhs, Sufis, and Muslim brothers, Sunnis would have a different attitude.
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