A selection of comments sent to us in response to Laith Saud's editorial: Samarra: Lax measures or a plot?
I believe there is nothing but an American plot. A very old strategy: Divide to conquer.
There has been no sectarian tension between Sunni and Shia Muslims in Iraq; on the contrary these Muslims lived in peace.
The occupiers have created this. There is only one solution to what is going on Iraq: The occupiers must get out.
Reza, South Africa
To say that the American presence in Iraq has accomplished nothing is absurd.
To say the Shia and Sunni have been living together without conflict until the US arrival is simply political posturing and outright manipulation of the truth.
While it is certainly the case that the Americans have made a number of strategic errors in planning and executing the war and the occupation of Iraq; Iraq today is a far better than what is used to be.
For the first time in centuries, Shia and Kurds of Iraq are free to practise and preach.
Saif al-Janoub, US
The writer has considered every possible scenario of the Sammara mosque bombing except one. It is widely believed to be al-Qaida with or without the help of fringe Sunni.
Dr Ivan Mezei, Canada
I totally agree with Laith Saud's comments; the security in Iraq is in the hands of the Americans and the puppet government they installed.
I am really sad to see what is happening there (Iraq). I suspect the Americans to be behind everything. All these happenings could be part of a CIA plot to create chaos in Iraq.
Zainal Anwar, Singapore
To suggest that somehow the Bush Administration is the reason for sectarianism in the region, then it is a clear negligence to the history of the area.
Mr Saud wants it both ways. He blames the Bush administration for the violence in the area and calls the area occupied, but also claims the Bush administration has responsibility to keep the peace in the area.
Eric Bigelow, US
Great article! But America is a continent and the USA is not America. Calling the USA America is like calling the Middle East Israel.
Are the Americans and Mossad also to blame for Shia-Sunni violence in other countries such as Pakistan and India?
Are they also responsible for other wars caused by religious schisms in the former Yugoslavia, Romania and Irish Republic?