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November 30, 2007

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Gregg Gordon

I encourage everyone to read the Voices of Iraq stories on the fate of women

http://66.111.34.180/look/english/article.tpl?IdLanguage=1&IdPublication=4&NrArticle=61484&NrIssue=2&NrSection=4

and Christians

http://66.111.34.180/look/english/article.tpl?IdLanguage=1&IdPublication=4&NrArticle=60575&NrIssue=2&NrSection=4

in Basra.

The indifference of the "Christian nation" types to the devastating results of our policies on the indigenous Christian communities in both Iraq and Palestine has always puzzled me. I suppose sheer ignorance of what is going on is the best explanation, but that could be their excuse for just about everything. No doubt the obscurity (to us) of these particular sects is partly responsible for the lack of empathy, but I think much of it has to do with good old-fashioned racism. These are the same people who joined in the persecution of Dr. King and his colleagues, after all, and thus these brown people just don't seem like "real" Christians to them -- even less so than native Hawaiians or Philippinos or sub-Saharan Africans, who at least received their faith through the benevolent dispensation of white people. Yet these are the oldest Christian communities in the world, and in spirit and practice, I would expect, the closest to the original followers of Jesus. Even as an agnostic, this saddens me.

Andrew Scheidl

Ahmed Abu Risha succeeded his brother not his father. Keep up the great blogging!

aardvark

Gah. Between my fever and hacking cough, and the mountain of work, it's a wonder I can spell my name...

Andrew Scheidl

This didn't get through the first time, but Ahmed Abu Risha succeeded his brother not his father. Thanks for the great blog!

Baltimorian

Nibras definitely makes a stronger argument than you do. No offense. And trying to smear him with Shiite triumphalism or even character assassination, won't take away from the fact that you really are not qualified as the 'expert' you bill yourself as.

aardvark

If you say so. I don't remember making an "argument" against Nibras, much less character assassination (just some gentle mocking and declining to engage with his attacks on me, as opposed to my arguments) but whatever. I'm sure his "argument" (about me or about Iraq, I'm not sure) will become the conventional wisdom in certain quarters, but there's not much I can do about that even if I wanted to. I understand what he's trying to do - it just doesn't really interest me very much, or bother me beyond the fact that it's wasted precious minutes of my working life. I'm not Iraqi, and I'm not on his side of the political fence, so there you are.

Robert Stevens

"...I'm not on his side of the political fence..."

Hmmm, let's see, would that put you on the side of Sheikh Harith al Dari or Sheikh Ahmed Al-Samarai?

Oh, and by the way Marc, Ahmed's and Sattar's father was murdered by AQI, so you at least got half of your first sentence right.

.

Why do you keep re-writing your comments? Once you post something, you should keep it. It you have changes to make other than grammar or spelling, then put them in an UPDATE. This way, there's a record of what you write. Otherwise, a reader may feel that you're being shifty.

Fabius Maximus

Rather than bankroll the new local security forces, the national government (what little there is of it) seems to oppose them. Here is one of many actices about this:

U.S. sponsorship of Sunni groups worries Iraq's government (MtClatchy, 29 Nov 2007)
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/iraq/story/22259.html

The question is control. Now we pay them, but do we control them? Why would the national government pay what they'll likely not control?

bb

We know the horror will be all over when Nibras and Marc finally meet and publicly reconcile? Perhaps on a Mutanabi Street photo op? http//afp.google.com/article/Aleqm5j3PaOnErl/1IztCyzqGM92vTGyaWQ

after which Nibras could show Marc around Iraq?

bb

We know the horror will be all over when Nibras and Marc finally meet and publicly reconcile? Perhaps on a Mutanabi Street photo op? http//afp.google.com/article/Aleqm5j3PaOnErl/1IztCyzqGM92vTGyaWQ

after which Nibras could show Marc around Iraq?

Milton

A Paladin Gears Up for War
In a decade's time, the Shiites of Iraq may be tasked with taking out the Wahhabis of Saudi Arabia on behalf of the world's economies, a task the Iraqis will relish.

But the cold stare of petrodollar influence has petrified any efforts to go after the ideological fountainhead in Saudi Arabia itself, a state founded and maintained on an all too incestuous embrace between the Royal House of Saud and Wahhabism. When the gods and kings of Greek mythology wanted an end to Medusa's reign of terror, they recruited a warrior, Perseus, and outfitted him with winged sandals, a cap of invisibility, a sword, and a mirrored shield and sent him off to sever Medusa's head. Perseus got the job done, and so will the Shiite-led, 200,000-strong Iraqi army.

I know i can't wait for the Badr Brigades to drill their way through saudi arabia.

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