I know, that sounds mean. I should care more. It just pisses me off to hear the way the American troop withdrawal from Iraq is being presented ... at least in Norwegian media. This is a quote from the front page of Aftenposten, our third biggest newspaper (and by far a more serious and reliable paper than the two bigger ones), on Sunday. (My translation.)
TENSE BEFORE US EXIT
In Iraq, the Americans will disappear from the streets in two days. The people fear a new spiral of violence. 150 people have been killed in the past week. Who will prevent Sunnis and Shia Muslims killing each other?
Who will prevent Muslims killing each other?? That's obvious - Muslims!! If Sunnis don't kill Shias, then Shias won't be killed by Sunnis. If Shias don't kill Sunnis, then Sunnis won't be killed by Shias. It really is that fucking simple. YES, I know that the US are so responsible for screwing everything up, and there's a history going back decades of complications and exploitation ... but seriously, when push comes to shove, it is that simple. Who will prevent me from killing you, dear reader? I will. Yes, there are laws against killing, but laws are just words on paper. I will be what stops you from being killed by me. It's my decision.
Sure, it's a complicated situation, and the Iraqi people have really had a hell of a time the past six years. But if they genuinely care more about feuding and killing over bronze age myths and irrational delusions about imaginary friends in the sky than they do about working together to create a functional society for themselves, then I'm sorry to say that my sympathy for their plight is limited.
Want the killing to stop? Then stop killing.
I just had to say it.
5 days ago