World View: Wave of Terrorist Violence in Iraq Kills Hundreds

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  • Wave of terrorist violence in Iraq kills hundreds
  • EU steps up investigation of oil price-fixing scandal

Wave of terrorist violence in Iraq kills hundreds

Car bombings in Iraq
Car bombings in Iraq

A dozen car bombings across Iraq on Monday killed at least 95 people, and this followed the killing of 200 people last week from bombings. Terrorist violence has been on the increase in Iraq since December 2011, when the last American forces pulled out of Iraq. The violence appears to be sectarian, with mostly Sunni mosques targeted on Friday, and mostly Shia mosques targeted on Monday. But it's impossible to be certain that the violence comes from Sunnis and Shias targeting each other, since Sunni terrorists freely attack both Shia and Sunni mosques -- killing anyone who they claim don't follow the teachings of radical hardline Islamists. Some pundits are claiming that Iraq is returning to the civil war that preceded President Bush's "surge," but in fact there never was a civil war. (See "Iraqi Sunnis are turning against al-Qaeda in Iraq" from April, 2007)

It's worth taking a moment and comparing three different countries in the region, all in a generational Awakening, and being pulled into what is essentially a sectarian proxy war:

  • Iraq has a majority Shia population and a Shia government, leaving the Sunni minority with widespread discrimination. Al-Qaeda in Iraq, originally led by Jordanian Sunni terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, is reviving the terrorist infiltration that was pushed out in 2007. As I wrote in my 2007 article referenced above, Iraqi Sunnis and Shias have put nationalism above sectarianism in the last two generational crisis wars (the Great Iraq Revolution of 1920, and the Iran/Iraq war of the 1980s), and there is less sectarian hatred in Iraq than in other Mideast countries.
  • Afghanistan's last crisis war, the civil war that ended in 1996, was both ethnic and highly sectarian, with a great deal of bitterness between Sunnis and Shias remaining. However, Afghans are not fighting each other, which is the result we would expect at the start of a generational Awakening era. Instead, Taliban terrorists are crossing over from Pakistan (which is in a generational Crisis era), and conducting terrorist acts.
  • Syria's population is majority Sunni, but it has an Alawite Shia government led by the psychopathic sociopathic president Bashar al-Assad. There is no doubt in my mind that this war would have collapsed 12-18 months ago if it were not for the massive support provided by Russia and Iran, which may be guilty of war crimes for providing that support. In the meantime, Qatar has been supplying weapons to the opposition forces.
By contrast, countries and regions that are in generational Crisis eras, such as Pakistan or Israel/Palestine, fight their conflicts internally, without the need for outside proxies.

We're increasingly seeing these Awakening era countries being the sites for sectarian Sunni vs Shia proxy wars. These wars have been worsening throughout the region, and at some point will spiral into full scale war. AFP and AP

EU steps up investigation of oil price-fixing scandal

I briefly mentioned a couple of days ago that there's an investigation into oil price-fixing, similar to the Libor price fixing investigation. And why not? There's apparently a whole generation of people in all industries with no visible ethical or moral boundaries. The European Commission stepped up its investigation on Monday by requesting information from major oil industry trading houses. Last week, the European Commission raided the offices of Shell, BP and Norway's Statoil. Global Research and Independent (London)

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