Sunni terrorists blew up the minarettes of the famous Golden Mosque in Samarra. Iraqi police arrested four suspects. Meanwhile, Shiites decided to take revenge and attacked and destroyed a couple of Sunni mosques. This is – of course – another reason why Iraq will not be a stable democracy for quite some time to come: the eye for an eye mentality is alive and well. In good working Democracies, citizens have to accept the Rule of Law. When something happens, even when something terrible happens, they have to refrain from taking revenge themselves: they have to let the government do its job.
At this moment, it is far too easy to create a crisis in Iraq: destroy something of the Shiites and the Shiites will want to take revenge. Destroy something of the Sunnis and they will – in their turn – take revenge. After that, the other group believes that it is allowed to take revenger for the revenge of the first group, etc.
In other bad news: the Washington Post reports that “overall levels of violence in the [Iraq] have not decreased, as attacks have shifted away from Baghdad and Anbar, where American forces are concentrated, only to rise in most other provinces, according to a Pentagon report released yesterday.”
The report also concludes that “Iraq’s government, for its part, has proven ‘uneven’ in delivering on its commitments under the strategy,” and that “Iraqi leaders have made ‘little progress’ on the overarching political goals that the stepped-up security operations are intended to help advance.” Instead of becoming more united, “some analysts see a growing fragmentation of Iraq.” 36% of Iraqis already say they believe the country “would be better off if the country were divided into three or more separate countries.”
Also noteworthy is that “in Baghdad, a majority of residents report that militias act in the best interests of the Iraqi people.” This – logically – means that the residents Baghdad will not work against the militias. They look at those militias for security, the militias expect support in return.