Who bombed the UN?
By Roger Hardy
Aug 20, 2003
Experts are debating whether the attack on the UN building in Baghdad was the work of remnants of the former regime of Saddam Hussein or Islamic militants linked to al-Qaeda - or even an unholy alliance of the two.
Post-war Iraq has certainly become a magnet for Islamists looking for a new arena in which to wage a jihad, or holy war, against America.
It is relatively easy for militants to enter the country.
They have reportedly included Saudi Islamists escaping the crackdown in their own country following suicide bombings in the capital, Riyadh, in May.
Only last week, Kurdish officials in northern Iraq reported the capture of 50 Islamists returning to the area from neighbouring Iran. http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_1846.shtml
They were members of Ansar al-Islam, a group thought to have links to al-Qaeda.
US officials regard Ansar al-Islam as a possible suspect in the bomb attack against the Jordanian embassy in Baghdad two weeks ago.
Radical Islamists are fiercely hostile to the UN, which they see as giving a false legitimacy to US foreign policy.
But some Iraqi nationalists may have a similar view of the world body.
Iraqis deeply resented the stringent UN sanctions they suffered throughout the 1990s.
Many also saw the work of UN weapons inspectors as an infringement of their country's sovereignty.
So the attack could have had a nationalist or an Islamist motivation.
Although the immediate target was the UN, the attack's stark message was directed principally at the United States.
Whoever the perpetrator, the aim was to show that the country is ungovernable, and that the Americans are unable to protect themselves or anyone working with them.
"Iraqis deeply resented the stringent UN sanctions they suffered throughout the 1990s."
And the warehouses discovered full of food not delivered to the people, who's fault was that?
Maybe the U.S. should make a documentary for the Iraqi's, using taped footage of their own people, to demonstrate that we're not the bad guys; we opened the wharehouses, revealed their torturous prisons, helped dig up mass graves, etc. Maybe a little seeing would help the believing?
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