An Iraqi American who wants to see peace and justice in the world.
I am disguted by the IsoCon, Ron Paul-like crackpot lines that Beck has been spouting recently, but I will still take him any day over Juan Cole.Here's why...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkcjwh1oZdEBeck bests any analysis on Iraq Cole has ever done with this video. I will always admire him for it. When I first watched this back in 2006 (when all hope looked lost in Iraq) it nearly brought me to tears.
Actually in 2006, many of the dead were Sunniz. Killed by Shia "restraint" as Mojo calls it.So, I don't want a return to that kind of "golden age." Rather, the quality of the body count matters, not just pure numbers.The dead should be 'Ashoora pilgrims for example, that carnival is coming up Thursday or so.
He must be counting internet jihadi's, like Dolly.
In 2003, 2004, and 2005, the Shia DID show tremendous restraint. "Urged by Sistani and his clerical network not to respond in kind, Shias showed tremendous restraint. Their patience was taxed, but their sense of distinct identity only grew under the onslaught of Sunni terror (a good deal of which was the work of non-Iraqis, such as the terror group run by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian Salafi who masterminded the insurgency's most violent excesses). Attitudes on the street hardened, as did Shias' determination to stay in charge of their own destiny. Even where relations between Shia and Sunni neighbors remained friendly, distrust of Ba'thists and the Wahhabi influence on Sunni clerics intensified."
I wrote this a year ago:"I think it's important to note that the Iraqi Shia have shown great restraint this year in the face of Sunni extremist terrorism directed at them. The Iraqi Shia showed similar restraint in 2004 and 2005, after hundreds of bombings killed and maimed thousands of innocent Shia and Iraqi ISF. Even at the height of the sectarian violence in 2006 and 2007, Iraqi militia did not bomb markets in Sunni neighborhoods. "
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