October 18th, 2006

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No Shi'ite, Sherlock

People who are responsible for taking forward the so-called 'War on Terror' don't know the difference between the Sunni and Shi'ite branches of Islam.
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I wonder if the lack of knowledge is because better understanding challenges the link they want to make between Iraq and 9/11. Al Quaida is Sunni, and most Iraqis are Shia. Both Saddam and Osama are Sunni of course, but at opposite ends of the secular/religious spectrum, and hate each other. The Ayatollahs and Imams are Shia, the Taliban are Sunni.

Or, I wonder if the ignorance is for religious reasons. If you think all non-evangelical religions are devil worship, then subtle distinctions don't matter.

Or, I wonder if it is because of misplaced faith in military technology, which underpins the neoconservative project. Impose order by force, because such is the natural order. The dispositions of the losers are a matter of indifference.