Sunday, May 15, 2005

'Martyrs' In Iraq Mostly Saudis

Who are the suicide bombers? That is a question I was asking, also. According to this article, the majority are Saudi's. That would make sense, actually. Iraqi's aren't gruesomely destroying themselves, their country, and their people. "Others" are. The majority of the 911 terrorists were Saudis, also.
Do you remember the recent hand hand strolling the bluebonnets pic? I do.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Thom H said...

Hey, I agree with you that it is an important story. I also agree--profoundly--that Saudi Arabia is a deeply oppressive regime that has been both exporting their problems and funding Islamic extremism.

But I do have a little skepticism about Glasser's account.

More importantly, Juan Cole I think does an excellent job with the "foreigner thesis."

Heart & link to your site. Found it on the Philly Future portal. All best,
Thom H.

4:24 PM  
Blogger Medbh said...

Thanks for the link. I will check out the other info you listed. I just have a difficult time believing that the Iraqis would so horrendously kill their own, over and over.

In the media, it makes them look barbaric, and attributing the bombings to the result of tribal or civil war, takes the onus off of the oil corps and the focus away from the real reasons that we bombed the crap out of that country and wanted control of it. I sense a spin, and will investigate some more....

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Thom said...

Right. Thank you for your response.

The Jamestown Foundation did an excellent job profiling the insurgency.

There are indeed some internationalists, who are the most destructive elements

But the inusrgency seems over 90% homegrown. It's Baathists, Sunnis and former Saddam loyalists against everyone else. Shia militias in return moving from defense to offense. & the Kurds buying time.

What the internationalists bring is hatred of anyone not endorsing their very narrowly defined version of Islam: this hatred extends by default to all the Shia and Kurds, the majority of Iraq's population.

Overall, however, it
seems really a Civil war, in which sadly anything can happen.
For example, the people in the former nation of Yugoslavia lived together peacefully for years; Rwanda, also had many years of peaceful co-existence.

I'm not, I might add, blaming the victims. This could have prevented early on, after the US conquest. Not that we should have invaded in the first place, mind you.

But we made--and are making--things even worse.
Trigger-happy US troops 'will keep us in Iraq for years'


The media, by refusing to report what is actually happening, is not helping.

Best regards,
ThomH

1:33 PM  

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