Thursday, January 17, 2008

Same Shit, Different Day

There is a reason that George H. W. Bush did not allow the allied forces to push on to Baghdad after liberating the wealthy Kingdom of Kuwait. Chaos and murder.

For hundreds of years, the Islamic world has been torn with division. There may be only one true God but, there are a few different branches/brands/bands of worshipers. And, they don't all get-along. Shia and Sunni Muslims have been fighting a religious civil war for a very long time. The other sects don't get much press because they aren't actively murdering one another.

Imagine if we had the early Mormon sects murdering their "competitors" (Avenging Angels in Over-Drive). All the prophets du jour would have probably been murdered. The Kirtland Temple in Kirtland, Ohio would be an important center of Mormon worship and church governance. The claim that Joseph Smith's son, Joseph Smith III, was the rightful successor to Joseph Smith would have been met with -- chaos. The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (now known as the Community of Christ) may never have made it back to Independence, Missouri to build The Temple.

Sunni and Shia Muslims have been fighting and murdering each other because they disagree about the successor to their prophet, Muhammad. Just in the news today, there were two bombings where Shia Muslims were the target. One was in Iraq and the other in Pakistan.

Same old shit....

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