has The article Opening the Gates of Hell – Report from Baghdad by Rahul Mahajan at ZMag ZNet is a must read:
Before the Iraq war, at a meeting of the Arab League, Secretary General Amr Moussa famously said that a U.S. war on Iraq would “open the gates of hell.”
In Iraq, those gates are yawning wider than they ever have before — at least for the United States.
“Sunni and Shi’a are now one hand, together against the Americans,” a man on the street in the mostly Shi’a slum of Shuala on the west side of Baghdad told me, as we conversed in the shadow of a burnt-out American tank transporter. Those sentiments were echoed at the local headquarters of Moqtada al-Sadr’s organization, which had one day previously come under assault from U.S. forces.
And, indeed, everyone in the area agreed that when those forces were driven from Shuala, it was done by Sunni and Shi’a fighting together — and by unorganized local inhabitants, not al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army.
Whether or not the resistance here grows to a scale that the United States cannot control — and this is more in the hands of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani than of Paul Bremer or George Bush — it is already clear that the events of the last ten days mark a critical turning point in the occupation of Iraq. […]
Who are Bush-Blair fooling? With each passing day, this looks much more like a struggle for independence by the Iraqis, and not “terrorists” fighting the Western thought…