Thursday, January 11, 2007

He asks, I answer

Cannonfire challenges, "Does anyone in the land of the free actually believe the issue in Iraq is democracy vs. terror, instead of Shi’ite against Sunni?"

The blogger who is enigmatic to the core's hand slowly raises. Nah, it raises with confidence.

Let's take any major division in the United States. Republicans vs. Democrats. Conservatives vs. Liberals. Yankees fans vs. Red Sox fans. Rosie vs. The Donald. We do not run around killing each other.

Meanwhile, the Shi'ites and Sunnis run around like they are the Bloods and the Crips. ("Warriors, come out to plaaaaaayyyyyy!") The issue in gang wars is not gang vs. gang. The issue is gang mentality and the refusal to live within the bounds of a lawful, civilized society. The problem is not Shi'ite against Sunni, but the fact that Shi'ites and Sunnis in Iraq are conducting their conflict in the court of violence, rather than through the peaceful mechanisms that we associate with Democracy. The issue really is the culture that accepts and fosters terror vs. the culture that does not. We do not have to find the happy medium between Shi'ites and Sunnis, if such a thing exists. We have to get them to stop killing each other, stop killing us, stop killing 'the infidels', stop wanting to exterminate the Jews, stop using the Kurds as their bitches.

So to speak.

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