The Worst Terrorist Attack Since 9/11

August 15, 2007 at 4:57 pm | Posted in 9/11, American politics, Iraq, Military, violence, War, War on Terror | 4 Comments

Well, it looks like this truck bombing in northern Iraq is now the worst terrorist attack since 9/11 in terms of number dead, now placed at 500 poor souls.

The US military continues to lie to the American people. They are saying the purpose of the attack was to “sway public opinion.”

The Tuesday truck bombs that targeted the villages of Qahtaniya, al-Jazeera and Tal Uzair, in northern Iraq near the border with Syria, were a “trademark al Qaeda event” designed to sway U.S. public opinion against the war, a U.S. general said Wednesday.

The attacks, targeting Kurdish villages of the Yazidi religious minority, were attempts to “break the will” of the American people and show that the U.S. troop escalation — the “surge” — is failing, Maj. Gen. Benjamin Mixon said.

See, in the eyes of the US military, any big setback like this HAS to be tied to Al-Qaeda. It cannot possibly be the work of anybody else. Because, see, if it isn’t the work of Al-Qaeda, then it really does mean that our “Surge” is not working very well. The thing is that this incident is actually most likely a conflict over territory between ethnic groups. Note who exactly was targeted. A spectacular bombing like this, if really intended to sway American public opinion would not have taken place against the Yazidi religious minority, but rather indiscriminately somewhere close to Baghdad. Baghdad is the epicenter for public opinion about Iraq. But this takes place far in the north, away from all the real conflict. As Juan Cole states:

The operation resembled the horrific bombing of the Shiite Turkmen of Armili on July 2. Note that first Shiite Turkmen were targeted and now Kurdish Yazidis. They have in common not being Sunni Arabs. My suspicion is that these bombings are not just an attempt to spread fear and intimidation, but are actually part of a struggle for control of territory. The Sunni Arab guerrillas face powerful challenges from Kurds and Shiites with regard to the future of provinces such as Ninevah, Diyala and Kirkuk. A lot of Kurdish police and troops have been deployed in Mosul not far from Tuesday’s bombings, and they are seen as among the deadliest enemies by the Sunni Arab guerrillas. Sooner or later, my guess is that the Sunni Arabs will wage a major war with the Kurds over the oil fields of Kirkuk.

Imagine that, Sunnis caring more about their future vis a vis their neighbors than swaying American public opinion. Imagine that, we’re not at the epicenter of all things on this planet.


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  1. Very nice analysis. It’s rather amazing how these US Army generals can turn every event in Iraq into a showdown between the ‘enemies of freedom’, such as al Qaeda in Iraq, and America. My guess is that you are correct, and it boils down to a battle over turf, much as the battles in Bosnia and Kosovo.

  2. It is a very sad day indeed. 500 lives lost and there is no stop to the carnage taking place in Iraq. We can’t just run from Iraq now, we invaded it, turned it into a kill-zone and now we should restore order. How? I have no idea, ask the smart people who voted for Bush.

  3. This is a sad and tragic.

    I support our military 100%, you should too.

    The war is a valiant effort by our troops regardless of the politics behind it. You don’t know if it’s Al Qaeda or not so why would you ASSUME it’s not, and just assume the military is lying.

    Don’t be discouraged by the turning of the tide on this war. The fact is that the surge is working and this attack just shows that Al Qaeda is moving northward to smaller provinces to carry out their attack. Attacks are way down and this was a desperate attempt by the bad guys to keep you good democrats thinking it’s still going bad.

    We are winning, the surge is working, don’t be ashamed. Be proud we’re winning. I don’t care about disagreements about Iraq. We are all Americans and should be very happy to see the surge working. Bi-partisanship ends at the waters edge.

    P.S. Like your blog, enjoy reading

  4. apparently there is more to the surge “success” than the media is reporting

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