A Shiite candidate, Kahled Al-Shatti, running for public office, urged authorities to cease teaching courses on religion because they tend to wind up being sectarian and result in not only non-Muslim, but Muslims, being categorized as “infidels.” He is running in a constituency in which Shiites constitute half the electorate, and Al Shatti is upset because school books in Kuwait have statements such as declaring “Shiites as infidels for visiting graves.” He recalled that in 1920, Kuwait rulers rejected demands by Wahhabi Salafists who wanted them to expel the “rejectionists,” the name used to describe Shiites.
A persistent issue in many Muslim nations is the close tie between religious leaders and the government. In most cases, if the Muslims are Sunni, then education winds up castigating Shiites along with non-Muslims are less than equal. The reverse holds true if Shiites are in power. Perhaps, separating church and state would aid in developing modern education systems and ending sectarian name calling in schools.
John McCain has been portraying himself as the man with experience, after all, he has made more trips to Iraq than any other member of Congress. Senator McCain insists Barack Obama lacks his foreign policy experience and the United States needs someone as president who can make the right decisions when the phone rings at 3:00 a.m. in the morning. Of course, Americans hope whoever picks up the phone early in the morning actually knows what he or she is talking about. McCain spoke to reporters in Amman, Jordan, about his recent trip to Iraq. He told them it is “common knowledge and has been reported in the media that al-Qaida has been going back into Iran and receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran, that’s well known. And it’s unfortunate.” Within seconds after uttering this nonsense, Senator Joseph Lieberman walked over to McCain, whispered in his ear, and the Republican candidate corrected himself. “I’m sorry, the Iranians are training extremists, not al-Qaida.”
Anyone who only has superficial knowledge of the Middle East knows Iran is a major center of Shiites while al-Qaida is a Sunni orgranization that hates Shiites. Joohn McCain is te ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee and he doesn’t even know the difference between Shiites and Sunnis. He apparently does not know the Shiite Iranian government gave assistance to American forces when they drove out the Sunni Taliban from Afghanistan.
The Senator from Arizona is so caught up with his supposed “foreign policy knowledge” that he apparently doesn’t even have a grasp of the basis of what is going on in the Middle East. Imagine an ignorant person answering the phone at 3:00 a.m. and making such a blunder. Of course, an ignorant person already made such a blunder– the George Bush invasion of Iraq
Posted in 2008 Elections, Barack Obama, Conservatives, Democrats, Hilary Clinton, Human Rights, Iraq, Liberals, Peace, Politics, Republicans, US Foreign Policy, War, World News
Tagged Iran, Iraq, McCain, Shiites, Sunnis
Although Sweden has done an outstanding jobs in accepting Iraq immigration, the Swedish Migration Board has a rather unusual concept of what is happening in Iraq. It turned down the application for political asylum from an 51 year-old Iraqi on ground the armed militias and terrorist groups in Iraq were not engaged in a full blown war against the government. It also cited recent American figures claiming the “surge” had led to a reduction in the number of deaths in Baghdad. The man, a Shiite, refused to take part in Shiite violence against Sunnis and was threatened with death. The Court decided since he was a Shiite and that group is the largest religious group in Iraq, the man belongs to a dominant religious faction!
Perhaps, the Swedish Migration Board might wish to hold future hearings in Baghdad concerning applications for asylum from Iraqis.Do any of these people read a newspaper?
Posted in Human Rights, Iraq, Iraq War, Multicultural, Muslims, Peace, Politics, War, World News
Tagged Iraq, Migration Board, Shiites, Sweden
The United States army is conducting an investigation into the shooting deaths of three Iraqis by American troops on Thursday in the village of Abu Lukah which is forty miles south of Baghdad. Shiites in the area had established the North of Hillah Awakening Council in an effort to cooperate with American forces to defeat extremists in the area. About 2:00 a.m. five members of the Council were guarding a checkpoint when shots rang out in the evening air. Apparently, American soldiers manning a watchtower in a nearby base fired on the group and killed three and wounded one. It is unclear why they shot these men who were cooperating with US forces.
Unfortunately, such incidents seriously damage efforts by US forces to gain the confidence of Iraqis. This is an example of Shiites seeking to fight terrorism who are killed by their allies, not their enemies.
Posted in Human Rights, Iraq, Iraq War, Islam, Military, Muslims, United States
Tagged investigation Iraq, Iraq, killing civilians, Shiites, US military