A couple of weeks ago I was talking with my mother about how bizarre the divide between Sunni and Shi'i has become in Iraq, and she reminded me that her brother (Shi'i) is married to a Sunni. Below is a photo of them in happier days. Thus far they have managed to stay in their home in west Baghdad. They are like many Iraqi couples who never considered sect to be an important factor in love. Many Iraqis, like The Mesopotamian, are of mixed Sunni-Shi'i descent.