A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library. ~Shelby Foote

Thursday, February 23, 2006

A moment of Truth for Iraq?

Could be. The likelihood of things degenerating into all-out sectarian violence is, unfortunately, not all that unlikely.

Cross your fingers, your toes and any other appendages you might have-- other countries, including the U.S., have suffered through similar setbacks in their effort to transform a country rife with religious, geographic and political differences into a unified entity.

Whether Iraq can pull off the same feat remains to be seen.


Pakistani Shiite Muslims burn United States and Israeli flags to condemn the bombing on the Golden Mosque, one of Shi'ite Islam's holiest sites in the Iraqi city of Samarra, at a rally in Karachi, Pakistan on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006.

What did the U.S. or Israel have to do with the bombing of the mosque? Hell, Wisconsin is lucky that their flag wasn't included in the fracas. Just like with the cartoons, these idiots don't need a reason; they are only looking for an excuse.

They might want to be careful, though. Some in southern Nigeria are retaliating, and even the Buddhists are fighting back. The Anglican Bishop of Nigeria has said, "May we at this stage remind our Muslim brothers that they do not have the monopoly of violence in this nation. Nigeria belongs to all of us – Christians, Muslims and members of other faiths. No amount of intimidation can Change this time-honoured arrangement in this nation. C.A.N. may no longer be able to contain our restive youths should this ugly trend continue." That sounds like a not-so-veiled threat. And when what you have done causes Buddhists to riot, that is generally a good indication that you may have truly gone too far.
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