Tavish wrote:Art Vandelay wrote:Finally, retribution for the 9-11 attacks.
I thought we got that in the first few weeks of the war when we got to drop bombs on a bunch of Middle Easterners. The Saddam trial and verdict is more of victory and retribution for the Iraqis than it is for the US.
Victory and retribution for all Iraqi's, or just he Kurds? I'm pretty sure the Sunni's are pissed about it, and even the majority Shi'a only hated Saddam for being a secularist.
I'm pretty sure we'll have no retribution until we have Bin Laden. But I'm sure the Saddam death sentence will make us all feel pretty good about ourselves.
Do people really, after all the news and reporting, still lump "Iraqis" together as a singular, united people? If full blown civil war doesn't break out in Iraq by the end of next year, you can consider me surprised.
From what I understand, this is how it breaks down: the Shi'ite majority in Iraq is a devout and theocratic peoples devoted to Iran. They hated Saddam for his secularist rule and modernizing government. If there were truly democratic elections in Iraq, the Shi'ite would vote in a government almost identical to Iran's. The Sunni's, a minority ethnic group (In Iraq at least, I believe the Sunni's are a majority in the Arab world), are Saddam supporters and loyalists and make up a large percentage of actual Iraqi insurgents. The Kurds (who are technically non-Arab Sunni's), the people that Saddam mass-murdered in the late '80's for an assassination attempt and possible government decentralization, have settled in the somewhat peaceful north and are fighting to have their own country break free from Iraq.
I'm not positive on all this, I haven't had a chance to research it, but this is what I've gathered from NPR reports at least.