This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
- 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
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 December2011, when the last American forces pulled out of Iraq. The violenceappears to be sectarian, with mostly Sunni mosques targeted on Friday,and mostly Shia mosques targeted on Monday. But it’s impossible to becertain that the violence comes from Sunnis and Shias targeting eachother, since Sunni terrorists freely attack both Shia and Sunnimosques — killing anyone who they claim don’t follow the teachings ofradical hardline Islamists. Some pundits are claiming that Iraq isreturning to the civil war that preceded President Bush’s “surge,” butin 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 countriesin the region, all in a generational Awakening, and being pulled intowhat 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 Crisiseras, such as Pakistan or Israel/Palestine, fight their conflictsinternally, without the need for outside proxies.
We’re increasingly seeing these Awakening era countries being thesites for sectarian Sunni vs Shia proxy wars. These wars have beenworsening throughout the region, and at some point will spiral intofull 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 investigationinto oil price-fixing, similar to the Libor price fixinginvestigation. And why not? There’s apparently a whole generation ofpeople in all industries with no visible ethical or moral boundaries.The European Commission stepped up its investigation on Monday byrequesting information from major oil industry trading houses. Lastweek, the European Commission raided the offices of Shell, BP andNorway’s Statoil. Global Research and Independent (London)