Early on Thanksgiving morning (Pacific Time) three bombs were detonated in an open marketplace in Basra, Iraq. These three explosives were set off one after the other, drawing witnesses, shocked citizens and local police and military forces, and have killed 19 people and injured 64 others (TimesofIndia). Due to the rush of civilians and civil servants alike to the scene, the final bomb was the most deadly; it has been deemed the cause of all deaths and most injuries as a result of the incident. As the death toll stands, almost all the deaths were police and military officers.
The perpetrators of the incident have yet to come forward, but authorities theorize that Shiite organizations or Sunni extremists are responsible. This assumption is founded in geography and past behavior on the parts of the two factions. Shiites exert their power over the Basra area and are known for utilizing violence as a means of retaining the control they currently have in place. The Sunnis, specifically the al-Qaida in this incident, are suspected due to their direct conflict with the Shiites and for the similarities between their own bombing techniques and that used at the marketplace (msnbc). Regardless of who is responsible, the objective of inciting fear and chaos within the oil city of Basra has been met.
Continuing violence within Iraq, particularly with active terrorist groups within and around its borders, is drawing into question Iraq’s probability of remaining uncontrolled by violent organizations after the United States withdraws all of its troops from within the country. Iraq will be starting anew and will be, without a doubt, vulnerable to outside powers as it works to stabilize the new political system and boost its economy through global oil trade. With the targets becoming important landmarks for this economic plan, it is unknown how the newly released Iraqi government will respond, and if their response will prove to be effective.
Without stabilization and a strong front put forward by the infant Iraqi government, it will be at the mercy of outside powers and victim to exploitation of its oil reserves. Although the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq has been a long time in coming, it might ultimately prove to come at a bad point. The world will watch and wait for the results of U.S. interference and political coaching, as well as for signs that the surrounding powers or terrorist organizations are seeking to overrun Iraq.
Associated Press (2011). http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45429892/ns/