Sunday, April 16, 2006

Some Thoughts on Iraq

Iraq is not really a country. It is a piece of land with arbitrary borders that contains three separate groups of people with different beliefs and different values. Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds... They have always resented having to accept one government for all three groups. They do not want the "democracy" that the US is trying to install there. Sure, there are people who live there that identify as Iraqi before they identify as Sunni, Shiite, or Kurd. But the civil war that is being fought there currently is atributable to the fact that many of them are sick and tired of having one nationality forced upon three different groups of people. Saddam enforced a dictatorial rule. The US installed "democracy" attempts to have the three groups share dictatorial rule. But the reason there is still violence in Iraq (other than that which is instigated by US presence) is because these three groups of people do not want to live under one government. And certainly not under pressure from a fourth group that has no stake in their lives but seeks to profit from military and oil company involvement in their "country."

3 Comments:

Anonymous PJ said...

Interesting and thoughtful. It's difficult for many of us here to understand what goes thru the minds of people whose culture is so completely unlike our own.

11:56 AM  
Blogger kathy martin said...

Bravo for you,kathy martin

1:07 PM  
Blogger kathy martin said...

Hello, bravo for you,Kathy Martin

1:09 PM  

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