March 31, 2006

Horror of Iraq

The fate of the entire U.S. enterprise in Iraq now hangs in the balance, as the war has entered a dangerous new phase. It is the phase of barbaric identity-card violence between Sunnis and Shiites. In the late 1970's, I covered a similar moment in Lebanon, and the one thing I learned was this: Once this kind of venom gets unleashed with members of each community literally beheading each other on the basis of their religious identities it poisons everything. You enter a realm that is beyond politics, a realm where fear and revenge dominate everyone's thinking and that is where Iraq is heading.  . . .
It is five minutes to midnight
—Thomas L. Friedman

Source: Thomas L. Friedman's New York Times Op-Ed Iraq at the 11th Hour Thursday, March 31, 2006.

This is the 24th birthday of my son, Nicholas Gerard. He was born in Houston, Texas on this day in 1982 and died the next day, April 1, 1982. I miss you so, my dear Nick, and in the arms of the angels, may you find some comfort there.
—Love, Dad

Posted by niganit at March 31, 2006 6:29 AM
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