Dome and Doomer
First the dome, then the minarets. The news today from Iraq is even more grim than usual.
The terrorist bombing this morning of a sacred shrine in Samarra comes on the heels of a really grim assessment by an American general of how many more centuries we'll be in Iraq.
It was only last month that a U.S. Marine blogging smartly from Iraq as Licari of Arabia wrote about the February 2006 terrorist bombing of the Golden Dome — the Al Askari shrine in Samarra, north of Baghdad — as a "sentinel event." Licari explained that the "psychological damage to Iraq's Shia population was stunning." Riots and more bloodshed ensued after that bombing.
So what's going to happen after this morning's bombing of the shrine's minarets? As the BBC reports:
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At least this time, we didn't directly do the damage. Back in 2004, we dropped a 500-pound bomb on a Fallujah mosque, pulverizing both of its minarets. "Yes, good, destroy a mosque and create another 10,000 jihadists," I wrote at the time.
Today's bombing will roil Iraq even more, and remember: It was only yesterday that Lieutenant General Martin Dempsey painted one of the grimmest assessments yet of our agonizing entanglement in the Iraq debacle. As the Washington Post reported this morning:
Dempsey laced his sober analysis with a morsel of erudition:
Sisyphus was a scumbag leader who was punished for his trickery by being forced to roll a huge boulder up a hill. Each time he did so, the boulder would escape his grasp and roll all the way back down. So he would have to do it again and again. Forever.
Maybe I credited Dempsey with too much savvy. Yes, the boulder may not roll over us, but we're going to keep trying to push it up the hill again and again. And we'll inevitably fail.
In this modern-day tragedy, the boulder is crushing Iraqis each time it rolls down the hill. And who's being punished by having to do the damn pushing? Not our scumbag leaders but American soldiers.
It probably all sounds like Greek to our Congress. It certainly did back in October 2002 when they paraded lemming-like behind the Bush regime over the cliff and down into Iraq.
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