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Monday, August 23, 2004


Juan Cole documents how the assault on Najaf is inflaming Islamic opinion worldwide. While the shrine of Ali in Najaf is one of the holiest of holies in Shiite Islam, it is also an important and well-known monument for Sunnis, who are the majority of Muslims worldwide (though not in Iraq).

I guess if Bush doesn't get his second 9/11 out of this attack, he'll have to find some excuse for bombing Mecca and Medina. Provoking terrorist attacks has been an effective method of staying in power for Israel's Likud party, so the Repugs are trying it now.