* Sunni, Shia Violence, Death Squads, and Civil War in Iraq *


Richard Moore

Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2007 05:09:02 -0500
Subject: Sunni, Shia Violence, Death Squads, and Civil War in Iraq
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February 19, 2007
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Sunni, Shia Violence, Death Squads, and Civil War in Iraq

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Odd, isn't it? There never has been a civil war in Iraq. I have never heard a 
single word of animosity between Sunnis and Shias in Iraq.

Al-Qa'ida has never uttered a threat against Shias - even though al-Qa'ida is a 
Sunni-only organisation. Yet for weeks, the American occupation authorities have
been warning us about civil war, have even produced a letter said to have been 
written by an al-Qa'ida operative, advocating a Sunni-Shia conflict. Normally 
sane journalists have enthusiastically taken up this theme. Civil war.--Robert 
Fisk, All This Talk of Civil War, and Now This Carnage. Coincidence?, 


NEWSWEEK has learned, the Pentagon is intensively debating an option that dates 
back to a still-secret strategy in the Reagan administration's battle against 
the leftist guerrilla insurgency in El Salvador in the early 1980s. Then, faced 
with a losing war against Salvadoran rebels, the U.S. government funded or 
supported "nationalist" forces that allegedly included so-called death squads 
directed to hunt down and kill rebel leaders and sympathizers.--Michael Hirsh 
and John Barry, Pentagon may put Special-Forces-led assassination or kidnapping 
teams in Iraq, Newsweek


British armed forces broke into Basra jail, and freed two undercover, "British" 
agents arrested by the Iraqi police while allegedly traveling in an unmarked 
car, in civilian - some say Arab - dress, and in possession of 
explosives.--Enver Masud, Basra: Were the 'British' Undercover Agents Carrying 
Explosives? Why?, The Wisdom Fund


The real news, which is not reported in the CNN "mainstream," is that the 
"Salvador Option" has been invoked in Iraq. This is the campaign of terror by 
death squads armed and trained by the U.S., which attack Sunnis and Shias alike.
The goal is the incitement of a real civil war and the breakup of Iraq, the 
original war aim of Bush's administration.--John Pilger, The Return of the Death
Squads, New Statesman


Seymour Hersh's recent revelations that the Israeli government is encouraging 
Kurdish separatism in Iraq, Iran, and Syria should ring a bell for anyone who 
has followed the long history of English imperial ambitions.--Conn Hallinan, 
Divide and Rule, Irish Democrat


. . . in contrast to the embedded lie that the killings are now almost entirely 
sectarian, 70 per cent of the 1,666 bombs exploded by the resistance in July 
were directed against the American occupiers and 20 per cent against the puppet 
police force. Civilian casualties amounted to 10 per cent. In other words, 
unlike the collective punishment meted out by the US, such as the killing of 
several thousand people in Fallujah, the resistance is fighting basically a 
military war and it is winning. That truth is suppressed, as it was in 
Vietnam.--John Pilger, The return of people power, New Statesman


. . . the death squads are the result of US policy. At the beginning of last 
year, with no end to the Sunni insurgency in sight, the Pentagon was reported to
have decided to train Shia and Kurdish fighters to carry out "irregular 
missions". The policy, exposed in the US media, was called the "Salvador Option"
after the American-backed counter-insurgency in Latin America more than 20 years
ago, which led to 70,000 deaths and countless instances of human rights 
abuse.--Kim Sengupta, Operation enduring chaos, Independent


The Pentagon's ever-expanding secret armies are deeply enmeshed in such efforts 
as well. As Sy Hersh has reported ("The Coming Wars," New Yorker, Jan. 24, 
2005), after his re-election in 2004, George W. Bush signed a series of secret 
presidential directives that authorized the Pentagon to run virtually 
unrestricted covert operations, including a reprise of the American-backed, 
American-trained death squads employed by authoritarian regimes . . . as 
investigative reporter Max Fuller has pointed out in his detailed examination of
information buried in reams of mainstream news stories and public Pentagon 
documents, the vast majority of atrocities then attributed to "rogue" Shiite and
Sunni militias were in fact the work of government-controlled commandos and 
"special forces," trained by Americans, "advised" by Americans and run largely 
by former CIA agents.--Chris Floyd, Assassinations, Terrorist Strikes and Ethnic
Cleansing: Bush's Shadow War in Iraq, TruthOut.org


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