Wednesday, March 03, 2004 - Targeting Iraqis It is supposed to be subscriber only, and I may be infringing on any number of copyright laws here, but this needs to be read by everyone:

"Yesterday was post-Saddam Iraq's bloodiest day thus far, with at least 150 Shiite worshipers killed in Baghdad and Karbala while celebrating the festival of Ashoura. Terrorists struck in Pakistan too, killing more than 40 Shiites in the city of Quetta.

The attacks bore the hallmarks of the Sunni fundamentalists of al Qaeda, and in the Iraqi case meshed with the strategy outlined in a recently captured letter said to be from the terror master Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. That letter described his plan to provoke civil war through attacks on Iraqi Shiites, and the necessity of doing so before the June 30 return of Iraqi sovereignty.
Such tactics are terrible but also a sign of weakness. Having failed to drive U.S. soldiers from Iraq, the so-called 'resistance' is resorting to soft targets. Also encouraging is that Iraqi Shiite leaders are wise to the plan, and have no intention of allowing it to succeed. 'The civil war and sectarian strife that Zarqawi wants to inflict on the people of Iraq will not succeed,' said Mouwafak al-Rubaie, a member of the Governing Council and ally of Ayatollah Ali Sistani.

More than 10 attackers were said to be in coalition custody as we went to press, and interrogations and examination of captured ordnance should prove revealing. Let's hope yesterday's attacks will be for al Qaeda in Iraq what 9/11 was for the group on a global scale: its most spectacular 'success,' and also the beginning of its unraveling."

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