Winning the Hearts and Mindsposted by Jazz at 11/19/2004 05:07:00 PM
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Steve Gillard gives some wry commentary, saying "Yes, storming a mosque after Friday prayers is ....genius."
Over at Captain's Quarters, it's no surprise that the Bush fanatics feel that attacking Muslims while they attend mass on Friday is "a welcome development."
Here's the part that Capt. Ed doesn't get and never will. The end goal, if you are to ever believe anything that the Bush administration says, is to establish a stable democracy in Iraq. Right? This Ameri-centric, anti-Muslim attitude is going to get more troops on our side killed. Muslim society is extremely different to start with. Then, you need to look at the type of soil that the roots of democracy are able to make a start in. Iraq is severely lacking in this area.
Democracies start in countries with a large, productive, well educated middle class that sees itself as a solid force against outside influences and stands together. They also tend to be highly secular and rebel against religious rules holding them in virtual chains.
The Sunni folks are already deeply suspicious of any "election" that will just allow a Shiite majority to elect their own into power. The Kurds are just waiting for us to leave so they can have their own state. The one thing these people have in common, which already puts a potential democracy in jeopardy, is their faith in their respective clerics. When the Americans go in and bust up a church meeting on their holy day, you drive people away from the polls and give them even more of an excuse to just wait until the Americans leave to start their civil war.
The lack of cultural understanding among the people running this war is horrifying.