Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The 'dirty thieves' of Sadr City

From Pepe Escobar of Asia Times (HK)

A simple monument at the entrance of Al-Mustansariya University (older than the Sorbonne) commemorates the victims - mostly girls - of the horrific January bombing that killed 107 and wounded more than 280. Now female students attend classes twice a week at the most. The university still receives threats via the Internet from Salafi-jihadists to "stop education". Snipers routinely shoot university guards. This is considered by Salafi-jihadists a "Shi'ite university" - thus a prime target. Whatever happens politically in Iraq, most of Sunni Baghdad - and even secular, educated Shi'ites - still fear Sadr City. It is undeniably a class-struggle issue.

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