posted on Sep, 26 2005 @ 03:20 PM
Teachers aren’t a threat to any Iraqi terrorist; or at least not for the reasons you said (skippytjc).
As a matter of fact under Saddam most Iraqi's where very familiar with things like tolerance, acceptance and culture. Iraqis had to be because if
they didn’t they got shot for sponsoring political "instability".
Get your facts right! In fact before the first Gulf war Iraq had: over 92 percent literacy and a first world health and education system in much of
the country. Though UN sanctions ended up destroying it in comparison to what it had once been, the Ba'th party of Iraq always considered the
education of things like tolerance, acceptance and culture (except towards their enemies of course) as a vital glue in keeping the country
It was this education system, and brutality of some of the security services that kept the country together.
Ok it looks like Iraq has forgotten this education and with the Muslim fundamentalists (Shia people) it was probably only superficially there in the
first place. Personally I think this ethnic group has dismissed this education as nothing but Saddam propaganda (which in a way it was).
But if you think Iraqis are just a bunch of uneducated savages remember that 14 years ago that wasn’t so; and before this invasion it wasn’t so
All that has happened is that under American occupation Iraq's once united society has been reduced to more or less open religious and ethnic
The engine behind this is somewhat to do with the fact that the educated secular Sunni minority who used to be in power are still receiving revenge
from the Muslim fundamentalists who are now in power because they make up the majority of the population (the Shiite group is about 60%).
The Sunni people form the bulk of the Resistance against Western occupation, so we as occupiers have probably not have been as keen to spare these
people from savage revenge as we might otherwise have been. Merely entering their communities is dangerous, because the Sunnis want Iraq back, or at
least not split up into zones which will deprive them of its oil wealth.
But what is happening to the Sunnis has been barbaric by anyone’s standards. Their families are quite literally being slaughtered by Iraqis majority
population. This has included woman and children; and both sides are kidnapping the others people for ransoms.
This has had little coverage thanks to (if nothing else) the danger posed to Western journalists in these areas. At the same time the Sunnis are being
bombed by the Americans for their group’s part in supporting the insurgency. Sunnis make anything from 25 to 20 percent of Iraq’s population
depending on the numbers killed or who have fled the country.
We know that the Sunni people are going through hell, so it is only natural for this to be returned. Zarqawi is a man who has built his reputation on
brutality to his enemies and his skilfulness at evading capture. I believe he is merely returning to the Shiite population what they have done to the
It doesn’t make it any less wrong, but it does put it in perspective. Personally (and this is me talking personally not factually) I think Zarqawi
is an Israeli spy. Whatever trouble he causes the Shiite Muslims will be repaid many times over; given that they are the majority of Iraq’s
population. This is why I feel so sorry for the Sunni. Unless you’re a terrorist there’s nothing you can do to spare yourself the misfortune of
being ethnically associated with them, and all that entails. And paradoxically that is why so many decide to join a terrorist group. Not just for
protection, but also as revenge against their situation which only started with our occupation.
As to all you pro war people: If political freedom is so much more important to Iraqis than the security of a civil life; why are so many of the
Shiite who didn’t have power before also joining with the Sunnis against us?
Could it be that: Freedom from rape and kidnap, a police force that’s not ethnically biased with a capital B, a economic system that was still
delivering somewhat better, and the lack of bombs and mortars going of every night was more important to them than which criminal runs the country?