Saturday, February 25, 2006

tears and solidarity also...

The corporate media is having a feeding frenzy about a "civil war." Lets take a look at some other news not as widely reported - after all, what is the point of having a blog, if it is just a regurgitation of FOX/CNN/NBC/ABC et al.?

The popular response to Iraq’s latest atrocities has been to blame the occupation, not rival sects

The slogan that united them on Wednesday was: “Kalla, kalla Amrica, kalla kalla lill-irhab” - no to America, no to terrorism.
Dahr Jamail reports: Mosque outrage also brings solidarity.

BAGHDAD, Feb 25 (IPS) - Widespread sectarian violence generated by the recent bombing of the Shia Golden Mosque in Samarra has also brought widespread demonstrations of solidarity between Sunnis and Shias across Iraq.

Sunnis were quick to demonstrate solidarity with the Shias in Samarra and to condemn the mosque bombings. Demonstrations of solidarity between Sunnis and Shias followed all over Iraq. Some of the bigger demonstrations were held in Basra, Diwaniyah, Nasiriyah, Kut, and Salah Al-Din.

Much of the Shia anger was directed at U.S. forces. In the primarily Shia city of Kut south of Baghdad, thousands marched through the streets burning U.S. and Israeli flags.

photograph of demonstration in Pakistan

Shi'a - Sunni march in Lucknow, India - click here for photographs

Click here for English language video news reports from the area (2/24 and 2/25 includes footage of joint Shi'a Sunni demonstrations in Iraq. )

Muqtada Al-Sadr's call for unity:

In a message he read by telephone on Aljazeera from the holy city of al-Qum in Iran, Sadr said: "Shia and Sunni mosques are being attacked as if we were enemies."

"No, we are brothers, we are brothers in Islam and peace. Love each other and do not attack each other. The blood, property and honour of a Muslim is sacrosanct ... the unity of Iraq is your responsibility."

And click here for Robert Fisk interview on Iraq.

demostration in Canada.

1 comment(s):

  • if the situation is that clear and there is really a majority of arabs wanting to live together, then maybe there can be a grassroots demand that oil not be supplied to countries participating in the occupation, something that will force the corrupt out of government by setting terms for current and future deal-making at the top.

    things like "to get oil, GET OUT" or "bush: our business is not your business" or "your 'bad apples' make us sick" would say clearly to even the dumbest of news cameras that it is self-rule not self-mutilation that is the desired future.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/27/2006 04:27:00 PM  

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