Iraq--Sunnis Hit Below The Belt--Shiites Just Want the Nearest Westerner
A bomb blew apart a Shi'ite Mosque in Samarra Iraq, which is probably like someone doing it to St. Peter's Basilica. Intolerable.
It is plainly an effort to start violence between Sunnis and Shi'ites and to prevent the formation of the Iraqi government, and to break the tenuous balance between these two branches of Islam which will be required if any Iraqi government is to function.
My brother in law is in the Army there, in Samarra, investigating bomb scenes, and here is his take. The people don't want help, they just want to hurt the nearest Jew/American (I guess it's best if they could get an American who is a Jew??), rather than the creeps who really did it.
Disturbing that these people really lack the ability to control themselves and allow aid. Because a civil Iraq will have to involve people who can keep their heads.