An Iranian morning daily commented Sunday on recent bitter developments in Iraq saying that the occupying troops and intelligence services were directly involved in terrorist acts in the war-torn country.
Criticizing the 'barbaric attacks' on the holy shrines of Imam Hadi (AS) and Imam Hassan Al-Askari (AS) in Samarra last Wednesday, the English-language daily 'Kayhan International' said that the occupying forces have failed to act based on the Geneva Convention.
"Articles 49, 50 and 51 of the 1949 Geneva Convention assert that 'The Occupying Power shall, with the cooperation of the national and local facilitate the proper working of all institutions devoted to the security, care and education in the occupied country'," said the editorial.
It further referred to the Article 34 of convention which 'asserts that The Occupying Power should never cause damage to the historic and religious sites of the occupied country and those committing such criminal acts should be brought to justice as per Article 36 of the same Convention'.
"The Geneva Convention signed by the majority of countries -- just like many other international conventions -- has become a useless law on paper, leaving nations no other option but to rely on their own capabilities for ensuring national security and defense," the paper argued.
It noted that based on the Geneva Convention, the US-led occupying forces, 'are fully held responsible' for what was currently underway in Iraq.
Stressing that according to the existing evidences, American and European troops played a central role in committing horrible crimes in Iraq, the article said, "Samarra has been under the strict control of American troops since the beginning of occupation.
"The cold-blooded terrorists took their time before planting the heavy explosives inside and outside the holy shrines in the early hours of the dawn," the daily noted.
It stressed that all these criminal and barbaric acts against innocent civilians and holy sites 'demonstrate the fact that the powerful Islamic pole plays a powerful and undeniable role in the current international equations'.
The daily further added given all facts which 'prove the direct involvement of occupying forces and intelligence services in the terrorist acts, particularly the recent bombings of the holy shrines in Samarra', the only way in front of the Muslim nations is to rely on their own capabilities to ensure their national security.