Mood: don't ask
Topic: "Sunni Daze" (4)
Despite Frodo's immediate preference for Barack Obama, Frodo, quite characteristically, withheld making any predictions about the outcome of either the nomination or the election process. Allegorically speaking, Frodo long ago learned that everything involved in the brewing and preparation of a cup of tea can be negated by the accidental addition of a teaspoonful of salt. Predicting the outcome of political events is dependent upon human behavior, which is, of course, unpredictable.
That being said, Frodo has been considering the final days of George W. Bush and the residual effects on the small, blue planet. It must be grating for Bush to experience the public comments of the Shiite leadership in Iraq. Demonstrations occur with some regularity urging the swift withdrawal of US military personnel, in contrast to the creation of a memorial to George W. Bush, as once proffered by Richard Perle, the Neo-Con of Neo-Cons. Perhaps, thinks Frodo, it is merely illustrative of that which is most likely to occur in time to come.
Americans were startled by videotaped replay of Shiite religious ceremonies when true Iranian nut cases stormed the US Embassy during the Carter years. To see the faithful whipping themselves in a symbolic display of deity devotion seemed as strange as, say, communion in a Protestant Church might seem to Shiites, for example. To now realize that the one definitive outcome of the Pre-Emptive War initiated by George W. Bush is that another fundamentalist Shiite government, Iraq, has been created and added into the mixing bowl of international relations.
Frodo contends that little time will pass before the Shiite, now ruling, majority in Iraq will seek "payback" from the Sunni minority, who populated the Baathist regime of the late Saddam Hussein. These guys, Sunnis and Shiites, have gotten along for centuries almost as well as did the Protestants and the Catholics in Belfast. It is for this reason that the Shiites are so anxious for the Americans to leave. Not unlike the final words spoken by the executioners of Saddam, it is the will of al-Sadr that hangs heavy over the future of the nation that isn't.
The William Kristolites who argue that the true legacy of George W. Bush will not be evident until years in the future are, for the wrong reasons, absolutely correct. There will, Frodo predicts, be no continuing growth of democracy in that region, rather the continuing civil war will fester as long as theocracy is an acceptable alternative. The Bush legacy will be the loss of American prestige, sacred honor, lives, and fortune.
Would that it were already the 23rd day of January, and the Incomparable Moron would already have exited the world stage, never to return.