Friday, March 23, 2007

Further reflections on the proposed break up of Iraq

I’ve been thinking more about the reaction by Iraqis to the proposed destruction of their country.  With repeated attacks ascribed to Sunnis on Shi’ite targets, the only thing keeping the country from falling into a complete civil war is the realization by Iraqis that it is much more likely that these attacks are the work of agents provocateurs, attempting to break up the country on the principles of people like Oded Yinon (see, e.g., here and here and here).  The conclusion isn’t difficult if you consider the absence of motive for Sunnis to attack Shi’ites and the possibility of other motives, including organized crime, individual or tribal disputes allowed to run unimpeded in the absence – thanks to the occupiers – of rule of law, the fact that the Americans – still looking to be showered with rose petals – would prefer to cast the Iraqi resistance as an internal Iraqi religious battle, and – predominantly – the Zionist conspiracy to cause civil war in Iraq.  The Iraqis, unlike Americans, haven’t got the luxury of being able to lie to themselves about who was really behind the attack, who is really behind the occupation intended to lead to complete civil war, and who is really behind the otherwise baffling inability of the Democrats, elected on the basis they would get the U. S. out of Iraq, to do what they were elected to do (the most hilarious excuse by the Democrats is that they are working as part of a electoral ‘strategy’, as if it were a strategy to do the exact opposite of what your voters want you to do!).  When we see complaints about the preoccupation in the Western media on the Sunni-Shi’ite conflict (and without denying that some hotheads, on either side, might be using the current anarchy to settle old scores), we have to see such complaints in the context of a country that had a strong national identity millennia before there were Sunnis or Shi’ites, and in the context of a belief that this preoccupation by the West is intended to help break up the country.  In Iraq, anger at the Zionist plot is leading to national unity.