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Sun, Jan. 30th, 2005, 10:41 pm
Statues of the Bush

Now this article I found to be fascinating.

Should a statue of President Bush stand in Baghdad, I wonder what long term effects this would have on the fundamentalist climate thereover. If you don't know, in traditional Islam, any artistic rendering of an animate object is a grave sin. The Ba'athists are socialists, so the creation of statues to Saddam Hussein evinces this departure from radical Islam. Now, if that departure accepts a non-Muslim into such a category, it will be interesting to see how this evolves the social mind of such people.

I have a cold. Poo.

Sun, Jan. 30th, 2005 11:30 pm (UTC)

This new mayor guy sounds like the type that excells under foreign rule. They were the type during the cold war that would be working for the soviets one week, and then when the area was taken by pro-American forces, he'd be working for the Americans. A job is a job.

I doubt that a statue of Bush is likely to be built. But even if it is, it would seem only to represent this guy's personal, though impressively hardcore. toadying. He'd probably erect a statue of Khalil Gibran if it kept him in fancy cars and high salaries.

Mon, Jan. 31st, 2005 12:36 am (UTC)
tengririder: Or...

Like the types who would be pro-Orthodox one moment, then Malkite Imperialist the next? ;)

Perhaps it is what he believes.

Mon, Jan. 31st, 2005 08:24 am (UTC)
golodhgwath: Re: Or...

Like the types who would be pro-Orthodox one moment, then Malkite Imperialist the next? ;)

If you're saying what I think, let's just leave it for another time, eh. Maybe over coffee?

Perhaps it is what he believes.

Well, I certainly can't say it's impossible. It's just that comments like, "bush is the symbol of freedom," seem too over the top to be sincere. I'm not saying that any Iraqi who is pro-American is a toady. What I am saying is that this particular guy seems a little too enthusiastic to be sincere.

I was able to speak to a Shi'a Imam from Karbala recently (actually, his dad is the Imam of Karbala), and so much of my understanding of the situation there comes from him. But he was saying that a lot of Shi'i were really glad to see Saddam go, and they are happy it happened. But they don't want the Americans there anymore. And that huge portions of the Sunni there are just plain against the whole affair. He also had some interesting things to say about the role Iran is playing in all of this.