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NorthernSpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:07 AM
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112. there are two reasons why the London bombings aren't a surprise...
As I was going to say in response to someone else in Thread #2:

The thing is, there are two reasons why this incident comes as a shock, but not as a surprise.

One reason, as you and others have noted, is the fact that acts of retaliation tend to follow acts of aggression (such as the invasion of Iraq -- an act of aggression by any reckoning).

This series of bombings in London is just the sort of thing that I feared might happen in the aftermath of the Iraq invasion. A person would have to be a born fool not to realize that interfering with other people's countries and involving oneself in other people's disputes is a first-class ticket to Trouble. Hence that old warning about "foreign entanglements".

But that's only part of the story. The other reason that this attack on noncombatants comes as no surprise is that we already know that the Islamic extremists of Al Qaeda are a truly villainous bunch. They're not at all above destroying people who were doing nothing but peaceably riding on the subway. This is what they do.

And evidently, things like that are why the nationalist 'insurgent' groups in Iraq have been attacking them:

Tribal leaders in Husaybah are attacking followers of Abu Musab Zarqawi, the Jordanian-born terrorist who established the town as an entry point for al-Qa'eda jihadists being smuggled into the country.

The reason, the US military believes, is frustration at the heavy-handed approach of the foreigners, who have kidnapped and assassinated local leaders and imposed a strict Islamic code.


The trigger was the assassination of a tribal sheikh, from the Sulaiman tribe, ordered by Zarqawi for inviting senior US marines for lunch. American troops gained an insight into the measures the jihadists had imposed during recent house-to-house searches in nearby towns and villages.

Shops selling music and satellite dishes had been closed. Women were ordered to wear all-enveloping clothing and men forbidden from wearing western clothes.

Interesting, huh? Increasingly, the impression I get is that the Al Qaeda extremists are the enemy of anyone who is the least bit secular and/or reasonably sane. And I'd imagine that a lot of Iraqis resent having foreign fanatics trying to make hay out of an anti-occupation fight that they -- the Iraqis -- likely regard as none of Al Qaeda's business in the first place.
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