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Thursday, February 23, 2006

MOSQUE DESTRUCTION LIKE SAMARRAN 911

Just listening to today's podcast from DemocracyNow.org and heard a Muslim comment that the recent destruction of a huge, ornate mosque in Samarra was like a 911 to them.

In case you're curious, here's what the mosque looked like before it was bombed:


Here's what it looked like after:


Not quite as many killed, obviously, but I can see it.

From what I've heard (and I haven't done a lot of reading about this bombing but) I think they're saying that Suni Muslims bombed the Shiite mosque (it might be the other way around). Seems odd that one Muslim sect would disrespect another so dramatically. Almost makes you wonder if this was some sort of 3rd party thing that was done to sew strife between the two sects.

But again, I haven't done a lot of research on this.

Still... strange...

TheWife pointed out that it was at the very least a shame that the mosque was destroyed--it was a work of art. It's now gone thanks to what essentially amounts to politics.

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