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En bombe drepte minst 78 mennesker og ødela store deler av en shia-moske i Bagdad tirsdag. Folk har problemer med å ta inn over seg at dette er muslim-on-muslim violence. De mener USA må stå bak.

Det er en krykke man faller tilbake på for å støtte opp virkeligheten. Konspirasjonsteorier florerer i hele Midtøsten, og det er Israel eller USA som oftest ligger bak.

The timing and target of the bombing seemed intended to aggravate sectarian strife, hitting a mixed neighborhood known for relatively harmonious relations among the Sunni Arabs, Shiites and Kurds who live there. The blast also showed that insurgents in Iraq still have the ability to strike with near impunity, despite aggressive American efforts to stop such acts.

Many Iraqis, beleaguered at every turn, said they saw the bomb as one more piece of evidence that the Americans cannot protect them from extremists. Some of those who live near the site of the destruction said they thought that the Americans must somehow be helping the suicide bombers.

«The Americans know everything, they can do everything, they can repair the space shuttle without touching it — why do they let these things happen here in Iraq?» said Abu Mohammed, 55, one of the custodians of the bombed Khilani mosque.

«We think the Americans want these things to happen in Iraq, to keep things like this,» he said, gesturing to the office of the mosque’s imam in which the walls and ceiling had collapsed, raining hundreds of bricks into the room, crushing the imam’s desk and chairs. The imam survived because he had already left the building when the bomb detonated.


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