Friday, February 24, 2006

Takfiris

Wikipedia for Takfiris. Some cautious optimism, though it would be a grave error to think that this is a positive sign for George W. Bush's stated objectives with Iraq. CNN:
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A top Shiite political figure has joined the top Shiite cleric in Iraq in urging unity and self-restraint among citizens, an effort to calm sectarian hostilities before they degenerate into a full-blown civil war.

Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, the head of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), Friday called the bombing of the Al-Askariya "Golden Mosque" in Samarra a strike against all Iraqis.

The attack on Wednesday triggered Shiite reprisals across Iraq, including the killings of Sunni Arabs, attacks on their mosques and institutions, and mass protests.

Al-Hakim blamed the Golden Mosque bombing not on Iraqi Sunnis, but "takfiris," or extremists, who don't represent Islam, and he cited people such as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head of al Qaeda in Iraq.

And, he said, Iraqis must unite to fight them.
The major question remains: will the Sunnis return to the political process and will the Shiite make it worth their while?

2 Comments:

Anonymous christine w. said...

Wow, what an interesting post. I have now bookmarked your blog. Keep up the good work!

On a lighter/side note Andrew of Arabia is good for a laugh every now and then.

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