To: freedom44; DoctorZIn; nuconvert
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Twenty-five heavily armed foreigners holed up inside the Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf have rigged it with explosives and are threatening to blow up the building if attacked
Expect the Mosque to blow up. This is the purpose of the operation by these "foreigners". Objectives:
1) engage the Shi'ia into a full conflict
2) make sure that Najaf (in Iraq) will not take over the role of Qom (in Iran) as the center of Shi'ia interpretation.
This points to the Revolutionary Guards as the source.
However, the destruction would as well fit into the plan of the Salafists/Wahhabis to destroy all "polytheistic" shrines.
I think that the Revolutionary Guards accept the loss of the Mosque if they obtain 1) and 2) above.
Blame it on al Qaeda and the West
posted on 08/16/2004 12:08:34 AM PDT
Hmmm.........I don't really understand what this would accomplish now that word has gotten out that the mosque is rigged with explosives. (if that's the case).
Seems to me, people would be really angry at al Sadr and his guys for doing that. Had they kept it a secret, that would be different.
posted on 08/16/2004 5:16:13 AM PDT
(Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.)
It's the Revolutionary Guards or the Basiji [volunteer hard-liners who regularly come to the calling of Iran's leader].
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