Tuesday, February 13, 2007

A Year Later....

We denounce in the strongest terms the terrorist destruction of the Golden Mosque -- the Shrine of the Askareyen Imams. This heinous crime is a deliberate attempt to foment sectarian strife in Iraq and the region. Given the historic, cultural, and religious importance of this shrine, this attack is a crime against humanity. The Shrine should be rebuilt and the United States will contribute to its reconstruction.

Joint Statement by Ambassador Khalilzad and General Casey 2/22/06

The United States stands ready to do all in its power to assist the Government of Iraq to identify and bring to justice those responsible for this terrible act. And the American people pledge to work with the people of Iraq to rebuild and restore the Golden Mosque of Samarra to its former glory.

President Bush 2/22/06

It has been a year since Sunni insurgents ripped a hole in the glorious golden dome here of one of Iraq’s most sacred Shiite shrines, shattering its 72,000 golden tiles and unleashing a tide of national sectarian bloodletting. Not a single brick of the mosque has been moved since.

NYT 2/11/07


Anonymous Anonymous said...

sir why build when its easier to destory.

our intents were never pure. and that is the sad tragedy of the state

2/13/2007 1:40 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Don't worry. They are planning on having Superbowl XLV there. All the work will be completed prior to that.

2/13/2007 8:40 AM  
Blogger wendyo said...


2/13/2007 9:37 AM  
Anonymous Kilfarsnar said...

What? Empty rhetoric from president Bush? Is water still wet?

This is why I don't listen to Bush or his cohorts anymore. People will ask me if I heard his latest speech, and I will say no. What's the point? What he says seems to bear little relation to what he does. So I just watch what he does.

2/13/2007 10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very strange muslims doing that to a holy place...and to wait a millenium to do it as well...when read about it called a muslim friend immediately and asked him if he thought that if sunnis/shiites would ever do such things to their holy places...said he thought it was impossible...


2/13/2007 10:51 AM  
Anonymous Steve said...

"You reconstruct with the bricks and mortar you have..."

Seriously, I don't take anything anyone says at face value anymore. Reuters had a headline saying that Bush was trying to convince others he has no plan to attack Iran.

2/13/2007 10:52 AM  
Blogger Tom said...

Not sure this is evidence of insincerity on Bush's part - if that is what you mean to suggest. From the New York Times article you link to:

The citizens of this Sunni city, who protected and took pride in the Shiite mosque for more than 1,000 years, say they want to lead the reconstruction, but Shiites will not hear of it.

And a proposal from the Shiite-led government to send thousands of Shiite troops to provide protection for a reconstruction project has been met with threats of bloodshed.

Symbols of political paralysis are everywhere in this country...

2/13/2007 11:07 AM  
Anonymous Mr. Hedley Bowes said...

Let's simply rename it "Michael Ledeen's Monument to Creative Destruction."

(still working on the 'creative' part)

2/13/2007 11:26 AM  
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2/13/2007 11:31 AM  
Anonymous George said...

very strange muslims doing that to a holy place...and to wait a millenium to do it as well...when read about it called a muslim friend immediately and asked him if he thought that if sunnis/shiites would ever do such things to their holy places...said he thought it was impossible...

Yeah. Not to get excessively tinfoil hat here, but what is the evidence that Sunnis did this? I just mention this because from day one, it seems like everything we have done in Iraq has been designed to ensure chaos. Mission accomplished there, eh? Then there were those "British soldiers" who had to be busted out of jail after having been caught driving around in a private car full of bombs and cell phones...

2/13/2007 10:59 PM  
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2/15/2007 3:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Bush administration can build nothing. It can only destroy. It's almost like a biblical curse, or something from an ancient Greek tale.

2/18/2007 8:57 PM  
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