Many blame the United States for the Askariya shrine bombing:
Even a supposed friend — a top Iraqi Shiite leader, Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, who President Bush once praised at the White House — took a poke after Wednesday's attack on the Askariya shrine in Samarra, saying the U.S. ambassador ''gave a green light to terrorist groups.''No one could have foreseen 9/11 either. Or the breaching of the New Orleans levees. Shit happens and people die. No one is responsible. Ever.
... With Iraq veering closer to civil war, many feel like Dr. Nabil Salim, a political science professor at Baghdad University who says U.S.-led forces share blame for the shrine bombing ''because they are in charge of security in the country. ... And they are not doing a good job of improving internal security or controlling borders.''
Beyond Iraq, there have been other controversies undermining U.S. stature here that no one could have foreseen...