Civil War? I don't think so ...

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Gateway Pundit has this translation of an Arabic Iraqi newspaper:
Iraqis demonstrate calling for Shiite & Sunni unity

Many Iraqi cities witnessed large demonstrations after Friday prayers (yesterday). These demonstrations were calling for national unity, not being pulled into civil war after attacks on Sunni mosques as retaliation to the bombing of the samara Shiite shrine.

In Mousul 500 people demonstrated in Bartila (north west of the city). The demonstrations were lead by Sunni & Shiite leaders to condemn all bombings and call for a unified line and not be pulled into a sectarian war. Another demonstration started from the offices of the high council for Islamic revolution (Shiite). The demonstration was lead by Sunni and Shiite religious leaders. Banners condemned attacks on mosques, shrines and churches the banners also condemned terror also no to Saddam yes to Islam.

In Hillah over 3000 demonstrated after Friday’s united prayers (Shiite & Muslim together) at the Haytaween mosque. The united prayers were lead by Sheik Mohamed Alfateh (Sunni) and Sheik Jasim Alkalebi (Shiite). The two speakers called for Muslim unity and denounced all terror activity as unIslamic and asked for keeping unity.

In Al-Koot hundreds demonstrated after Friday prayers protesting the bombing of the samara shrine and the attacks on the Sunni mosques. Unified Friday prayers in Al-Koot were held at the large central mosque in the city. Speakers at the prayers call for rejecting sectarianism.

In Amarah over 15,000 demonstrated after Friday prayers condemning the samara bombing and attacks on Sunni mosques. Banners read, Sunnis & Shiites are like Hassan & Hussein (referring to two grand children of the profit Mohamed), banners also read that Muslim references (Shiite religious leaders) condemn terrorism in all its forms.

In Karbala Sheik Abdulmehdi Alkarblaa’i (representative of Sustain) in his Friday after prayers speech at the Hussein Shrine called for peaceful and brotherly coexistence, condemned violence and called for national unity. He added; "We know the nature of this crime and the ones before it, we also know these crimes are not of Sunni doings, but they are the deeds of the enemies of Sunnis & Shiites".

In Basra over 10,000 demonstrated with banners asking to form the new government as quickly as possible.


Barry Dauphin said...

I hope the desire for a unity government wins out, although I think the times are quite tenuous. My sense is that this isn't only the usual suspects in MSM that are suggesting doom and gloom. Even some of the vocal supporters are having doubts and have qualified their statements more than usual. For example, yesterday I thought Krauthammer was less positive than he usually is (not that he's turned against this or anything like that). Perhaps these bombings will exert pressure to actually form the government. Maybe it will provide impetus for compromise among some of the factions- that they can agree to work out some things later but have to form a governent now so as to be more effective against Zarqawi, who is a bigger enemy to them than they are to each other.

David Thomson said...

It is disgraceful that these protests have been virtually ignored by the MSM. Oh well, that’s why I increasingly ignore them.

Seneca the Younger said...

Krauthammer, like Buckley, is still depending on what he hears from the legacy media. That's why I'm increasingly looking for original sources.

RogerA said...

Point well taken, Seneca, re dependence on legacy media--its a disease of pundits on both the left and the right.

I am wondering how, if at all, the MSM will spin the civil war meme if it doesn't come to pass. One thing is certain: exept perhaps for Abu Graib, the MSM hasnt shown much ability to (1) get a story right and (2) stay on task for any length of time. Does any recall that VEEP accidently peppered his hunting partner a while ago?

terrye said...

I have not watched TV news of any kind for awhile now and I so I missed Krauthammer and I never did listen to Buckley.

But sometimes pundits forget that they are supposed to discuss current events, however, that does not make them psychic. None of us knows what will happen in Iraq, including the Iraqis but the idea that somehow everything is failed is wrong. Those hundreds of thousands of people in masss graves and children dead from starvation make it plain that the problems in that country began long before any invasion. The question is whether they can find a way to deal with the stresses in that country without turning on each other.