On February 22, 2006, Sunni terrorists blew up the gold dome on the Askariya shrine in Samarra. The shrine is where buried are two Imams, Imam Ali al-Hadi and Imam Hassan al-Askari. Before the gold dome was destroyed and now yesterday the two minarets were destroyed. Just like before, the terrorists want to tell the Shi’a “We hate you, we hate your religion and your imams.” They want to kill all Shi’a. They want to tell us that nothing good will ever happen for the Shi’a. Both Imam Ali al-Hadi and Imam Hassan al-Askari were oppressed during their lives because of their beliefs. And now the Sunni terrorists want everyone to know that the Imams will still not have peace, even as they rest in the shrine! These terrorists say that there was no peace for the Imams and there will not be today, and no peace for the Shi’a from the time of these Imams until today.
After the February 22 bombing of the shrine, sectarian violence was much worse in Iraq. The Mahdi Army thought it could help by killing Sunnis and kicking them out of their homes. That is not help. After that terrorist attack, Sayyid Sistani said that if the government cannot protect the shrine then someone else should. Even today the government cannot protect the shrine. How did it happen? How were the terrorists able to do this? Someone needs to protect the shrine in Samarra and the holy sites everywhere else. If the government cannot do it then someone else should.