"Well, take care," said
Abdu as he bowed and said the usual statement of faith, "There
is no god but Allah, Muhammad is his Prophet, and Dubya is his useful
I was sure that Allah was laughing
at the twist he had wrought. I often look at events in the world almost
as though they're multi-faceted chess games where one must think many
moves ahead in order to win. So, when I think about what Allah did,
I too laughed. In my mind, I imagined that Allah had planned all the
events back then in order to clear the way for the victory of Islam.
I sometimes tried to think of Allah planning everything thousands of
years before with various matings and so-called accidents of history,
but that was such a long period of time that it was too complicated
to really grasp. So, I often amused myself by imagining Allah's moves
closer to the main events that we all know about from our history books.
First, Allah needed to remove Saddam Hussein who was keeping Shiites
from practicing their religion and was, so to speak, keeping the genie
Meanwhile, now that the actual invasion is pretty much
over, the Bushies want to start using the oil from Iraq to pay for the
war and there are even reports that they want to open an old pipeline
so the Israelis can get their cut by siphoning off some of this oil.
That'll be popular in the Arab world. Of course, it appears that the
Bushies, ever the louts that they are, have now been caught in a Catch
22 of their own making.
Remember the propaganda from the Bushies that their
invading soldiers would be greeted by the Iraqi people as liberators?
Remember the photo ops of friendly "Iraqis"? Well, some soldiers
were welcomed by some "Iraqis"--the Kurds, for example--who,
in fact, aren't Arabs and who don't consider themselves Iraqis even
though many of them lived within the borders of Iraq. The Kurds have
been fighting to carve out their own land from Iraq for many years,
so of course they welcomed the Bushies who defeated their enemy the
Iraqis. The Kurds had previously been kept in check by Saddam the way
the North kept the South from seceding in the U.S. Some soldiers were
also welcomed by Shiites who weren't allowed to practice their religion
under Saddam. Saddam kept the Shiites under his thumb because he knew
that the Shiites would want a non-secular theocratic government. To
stop that, he had to use heavy handed measures to keep them in check
the way the U.S. government once kept the Mormons in check.
Unlike the Shiites, however, who wouldn't bend to the
rule of the state imposed on them by Saddam and who probably won't bend
to the rule of the state that the U.S. wants to impose on them, the
Mormons always had convenient and timely revelations to make their beliefs
conform to what the oppressive central government wanted. "God
says we should have plural marriage," said the Mormons when they
founded their church. Then later, when the government put pressure on
them, they said: "Oh, the government doesn't want that? Say, we
just had a revelation from God that says we shouldn't do that anymore.
What a coincidence." "God says that blacks can't hold the
priesthood," said the Mormons when they founded their church. Then
later, when the government put pressure on them, they said:. "Oh,
the government doesn't want that? Say, we just had a revelation from
God that says we should change that and now blacks can hold the priesthood.
What a coincidence."
The reality of Iraq is that Saddam's alleged brutality
was not much different than the brutality of any leader in the U.S.,
or in any other nation, who tries to stop people from following their
ideas of freedom, justice, religion, and identity if these ideas are
outside the norm of what the leaders dictate is appropriate. Saddam
had to keep the Shiites and the Kurds under his thumb in order to not
have Iraq broken up into different nations and in order to have a Western
style secular government. The U.S. got rid of Saddam, and said that
we wanted to free the Iraqis. We accomplished that, and now the majority
Shiites in Iraq are using that freedom to demand a non-secular Islamic
government, similar to the one in Iran. OOPS. Catch 22, again.
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