Maybe young al-Dulaimi was rebelling against his father’s democratic pluralism. Or maybe there is an exceedingly fine line in Iraq between political action and violence — a line much thinner than most analysts would like to admit. Sunni/Shi’ite Tension Update: “Detained Iraq Sunni leader son caught planting bombs,” from AFP, August 21 :
BAGHDAD (AFP) – The son of leading Iraqi Sunni Arab politician Adnan al-Dulaimi has been charged with attempted murder after he was caught planting a bomb in a house belonging to a Shiite family, police said Thursday.
Police said that Muthanna Dulaimi was caught red-handed as he tried to set the explosive in a predominantly Sunni Arab district where Shiite families had lived before they were displaced by the sectarian violence of recent years.
“The defendant was arrested as he was placing a bomb inside the house that belonged to a displaced family in the neighbourhood,” security spokesman Qassim Atta told AFP.
Security forces arrested Muthanna after a Baghdad court issued three arrest warrants charging him with multiple killings and forcing people out of their homes, a statement from Baghdad’s central security command said.
“(The warrants) accused him of murder and displacing people in al-Adel neighbourhood,” it said.
Muthanna is the second son of Dulaimi to be arrested by Iraqi forces and his detention has already heightened tensions between Sunni leaders and Baghdad’s Shiite-led administration.
“We strongly denounce this heinous act. We are shocked by this barbaric action that was carried out by executive bodies against national figures,” said a statement from the National Concord Front, the main Sunni party.
“We demand that Dulaimi’s son be released immediately,” it said….