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Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Shiite uprising in Basra spun by U.S. as Anti-Saddam

A local uprising against Saddam Hussein's forces was under way Tuesday night in Basra, Iraq's second largest city, according to British Army intelligence officers attached to the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, who said they had begun firing artillery to support the uprising.

Religious and racial discrimination runs rampant in the Middle East. Shiite Muslims have fought bloody battles with Sunni muslims throughout history. The U.S. will undoubtedly spin this minority racist Shiite uprising as "support for the U.S. by the Iraqi people", wheras, of course, the majority of Iraqi's are Sunni muslims. The Iraqi Shiites have no love for the U.S. They do know, however, that backing the U.S. is the best chance they will have of taking some of Iraq for themselves.

Basra Shiites brutally attacked Sunnis during the Gulf war, they were just as brutally suppressed by Saddam. Most of the atrocities you read about in Iraq are committed in the name of endemic bigotry, not in the name of Saddam Hussein.

The Baath Party, whose members are predominately Sunni Muslim, the other main sect within the Islam faith, is the Iraqi nationalist and socialist political organization through which Saddam rose to power, and it remains the political backbone of his regime. Baathist officials have played a leading role in organizing the guerrilla-style resistance that U.S. and British troops have encountered in recent days.

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