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November 27, 2006

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I really don't see any evidence of eggs on neo-con faces wrt Iraq - Sunnis still remain ousted from political power and are fleeing Iraq at the rate of 100,000 per day according to U.N. estimates. Since Al Qaeda is the face of Sunni extremism (just as Hezbollah is the Shiite version), it appears quite coincidental that it is Sunnis that have ended up losing both power and face in Iraq post 911. To add salt to injury, it is the occupying forces in Iraq that have trained the locals to take over "peacekeeping" duties -which really means Shiites in today's Iraq.

What the world will likely see replicated in the middle east is an echo of the 500 years of incessant civil strife, wars etc. which were a precursor to the political formation of modern europe. Like Europe did, the middle east will discover its own brand of secularism, democracy, peace etc. after purging all the mindless violence out of their respective systems.

Well, the egg on the faces of neo-cons is only that the majority of Americans have turned against their glorious war. It will be a while before they can sell another spurious adventure in the name of national security.

You are absolutely right in your suspicion about the current Shia - Sunni blood letting and what role we ourselves have played in this. It is not enough to say that these hostilities are centuries old and therefore wash our hands off. Even amidst centuries old hostile situations, one can throw a lighted match. The hasty and complete de-Baathification of Iraq (down to the lowliest bureaucrat), the constant reminders of the oppression of Shias under Saddam, added fuel to the mix. Right after Saddam was ousted, it was common to hear Iraqis say, "We are not Shias or Sunnis; we are Iraqis." The rhetoric has taken a bloody one hundred eighty degrees turn in three years.

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