FEBUARY 22,2006 Nearly three years after the US led attack on Iraq , the shrines of imams Ali Al Hadi and Hassan Al Askari in Samarra City were severely bombed. Samarra being the most important ‘political’ city in Baghdad was targeted to trigger political and mainly sectarian clashes.
A fair trick to start a ‘civil war’ allowing the ‘true’ insurgence to work more tactfully. The horrifying incident was successful in flaming sectarian clashes to the rest of Iraq. The rampage took 1,157 Iraqi lives, increasing the already rising death toll. The blame game continued along with the vain killings concluding nothing but severe loss of life and unity.
The theory however is amazingly simple:
“The city of Samarra, 120km from Baghdad, is the most important Iraqi city, politically. What happens in Samarra may well determine the fate of the other parts of Iraq – Baghdad, Basra, Najaf, Anbar and Arbil”
The al-Askari Mosque, also called the Golden Mosque, was built in 944 and is one of Iraq’s four holiest shrines for Shias.The dome of the sanctuary was completed in 1905 and had been covered by 72,000 golden pieces. The mosque is one of the four largest shia mosques in the country. However it is situated in a ‘sunni’ majority area the city of ‘Sammara’. After years of hosting shia pilgrims it is sad how the bombings still triggered rivalries between shia-sunni. Nothing but a well framed agenda to initiate a civil war hence weakening the resistance the US army continues to face.
Today the government woes to utilize up to $60 billion for reconstruction. As the construction work continues wounds are healed and differences mend.
In a remarkable gesture, Sunni women are often seen carrying food for the security personnel guarding the shrines, and for the workers who continue to toil day and night.”
“We always felt the government blamed the Sunnis for the bombing, but it wasn’t us: it was Al Qaeda,
I was devastated when it happened. I wanted to find whoever did it and cut his head off. Now we want it to be repaired.”said Wasmi Hamed, who leads a Sunni neighborhood patrol that has helped drive Al Qaeda militants out of the city.”
While my heart is content upon hearing the news my mind continues to wander:
Why ? Why are we Muslims so gullible ? So easily turned against each other? How many more killings are we willing to afford ? How many years more are we going to overlook the fact that whether Shia or Sunni we all belong to each other. It is my heart-felt desire that we do because only that day will we truly be able to stand in front of our lord as nothing else but ‘Muslims’ without bias and grudges.