Throughout human history we humans have continually displayed the ability to uncover some reason in order to kill another human. Europeans spent a hundred years in the 1500s and 1600s slaughtering one another in the name of Christ. Protestants killed Catholics and Catholics killed Protestants and Christians united to kill Jews.It was a time when, regardless of one’s religious orientation, someone was ready to shoot or stab or chop off a head. So, the current madness of al-Qaeda or the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant(ISIL) is not surprising. ISIL has just released pictures of dozens of young men, probably captured Iraq soldiers, being led to grave sites and then gunned down by the dozens. Pictures of masked men are shown along with comments such as: “the filthy Shiites are killed by the hundreds. This is the destiny of Maliki’s soldiers.
The object of this tirade of hate is clear -anger Shiites in order to unleash a wave of murders against Sunnis. The goal is always, kill and murder in the name of God. Fortunately, Shiite Grand Ayatollah has urged his followers, “exert the highest possible level of restraint.” Some will. Unfortunately, some will not. We can expect retaliation followed by retaliation. Death is not proud in Iraq at this time in history.