Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The day the minarets fell

Bad, bad news from Iraq.

The minerets (tall towers) on the Samarra mosque -- which you may remember as the Shiite holy shrine that was bombed last year, prompting mass killings throughout Iraq -- were bombed and destroyed today. Here's the NY Times story -- apparently, American officials believe Al Qaeda elements may have recently infiltrated the mosque security forces.

For now, Ayatollah Sistani and Moktada Al-Sadr are calling for calm, and peaceful mourning. Let's hope the Iraqis heed their call. If not, we could be in for a bloody summer.


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