The NYTimes “Rise in Deadly Attacks on Shiites in Iraq Stirs Anger at Government” (9/28/13) implies that the troubles in Iraq are the result of an “increasingly deadly Sunni insurgency.” This is an example of selectively choosing the day upon which to start history. Since Maliki’s ascendancy the Sunni minority has been under increasingly violent suppression; its political leadership has been decimated by assassination and imprisonment along with indiscriminate violence from government-backed militias.
Omitting mention of al-Qaeda in Iraq, and the government’s inability to stop its primarily anti-Shiite terrorism, frames the ‘insurgency’ as solely Iraqi-on-Iraqi violence. It may come to this, but at present it is a distortion of facts.
Perhaps in deference to Obama’s recent overtures to Iran, the article fails to mention that anti-Sunni terrorist acts carried out by Asaib al-Haq (AAH) are funded by Iran. AAH is a proxy army of Iran (trained and supported by Iran’s al-Quds force) and is allowed to operate in Iraq by an ongoing agreement between Maliki and Iran. In exchange for Iran’s support of his leadership Maliki has agreed to funnel oil to Iran and allow AAH members to be part of his government.
Perhaps the NYTimes thinks its readers are not sophisticated enough to understand the details. Its omissions oversimplify the situation and lead its readers to false conclusions about the violence ripping Iraq apart.
September 28, 2013 by Bruce Wallace, 121Contact