The LA Times says that the ongoing violence in Iraq is changing Sunni and Shiite attitudes toward the US. At first the Sunnis wanted the US out immediately, now many insist it stay and restore stability. Shiites initially welcomed US forces, but now increasingly want them out of their areas.Sunnis are finally getting the picture that they are, indeed, a minority. The recent battles in the Iraq civil war have highlighted exactly how vulnerable they actually are. Now Sunnis are contacting the Americans for protection.
Al-Naas is not the first academic to be killed in the mayhem of the "new Iraq". Hundreds of academics and scientists have met this fate since the March 2003 invasion. Baghdad universities alone have mourned the killing of over 80 members of staff. The minister of education stated recently that during 2005, 296 members of education staff were killed and 133 wounded.Nice government we've installed, eh? The Iraqi government trying to keep dissent quiet? U.S. CIA hush program? Iraqi Shiite fundamentalists paving the way for a philosophically "clean" Iraq post occupation? In all the chaos and with all the armed militia's, it could be all of the above.
Their research shows that the victims have been men and women from all over Iraq, from different ethnic, religious and political backgrounds. Most were vocally opposed to the occupation. For the most part, they were killed in a fashion that suggests cold-blooded assassination. No one has claimed responsibility.
Like many Iraqis, I believe these killings are politically motivated and connected to the occupying forces’ failure to gain any significant social support in the country. For the occupation’s aims to be fulfilled, independent minds have to be eradicated. We feel that we are witnessing a deliberate attempt to destroy intellectual life in Iraq.
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