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November 20, 2013

Syria: A Civil War or a Religious War?

Filed under: History,Politics,Religion — Steve Ruis @ 11:31 am
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Talking heads in this country are trying to paint the conflict in Syria as a “civil war” which acording to Merriam-Webster means “a war between opposing groups of citizens of the same country.” This doesn’t really get at the heart of the matter in that the reason for the opposition is religion. The two sides are once again the Sunnis and the Shias. Both sides are Muslims, but their difference lies deeply in the past as to which branch of Mohammed’s spiritual descendents should be considered the proper channel.

And over time each side has painted the other as evil, so what one does to evil, demonized people is all fair and good. So, when Shiites are in the ascendant, Sunnis suffer. When Sunnis are in the accendant, Shias suffer.

Syria is just one episode in a long running religious war.

And John McCain and Dick Cheney and their ilk want us to get involved in it.

Amazing.

How many Americans would agreed with these war mongers if the dispute were correctly labeled as a “Religious War” rather than a “Civil War?”

If the god of the Jews, Christians, and Muslims is the same god, as is claimed, why is each faction goading the others into the fight, over the correct mode of worshiping that god?

Amazing.

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7 Comments »

  1. Tis a question i wish they’d answer.

    Comment by john zande — November 20, 2013 @ 12:44 pm | Reply

    • You expect candor? From those people? Egad! It would be refreshing wouldn’t it?

      OK–science fiction idea. To be elected a public official you must get a subcutaneous lozenge that slowly secrets a powerful truth serum. Basically, while performing your duties, you cannot lie. The drug is triggered by the phrase “In your role as a ,” … followed by a pertinent question. (Otherwise no married person could run for office.)

      So the plot would be … would anyone run for office? Or, better, somebody has figured out a workaround allowing them and them alone to lie.

      You want to write it or should I?

      PS We’ve moved (again)! Just change the Apt # from 28C to 17A (110 feet down and about 30 feet east). Effective Date: October 1, 2013

      *Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem.* ************** Steve Ruis

      Comment by stephenpruis — November 20, 2013 @ 1:06 pm | Reply

      • I’ll leave that one to you… although it would make a great Ray Bradbury-style short.

        Comment by john zande — November 20, 2013 @ 1:44 pm | Reply

  2. Underlying all of this is the desire of people like McCain and Graham who want to appease the Netanyahu crowd in Israel.

    Comment by lbwoodgate — November 20, 2013 @ 2:46 pm | Reply

    • Yeah, to always back the tyrants is our policy!

      PS We’ve moved (again)! Just change the Apt # from 28C to 17A (110 feet down and about 30 feet east). Effective Date: October 1, 2013

      *Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem.* ************** Steve Ruis

      Comment by stephenpruis — November 21, 2013 @ 8:15 am | Reply

  3. At its core it is little different from the ‘Troubles’ of Northern Ireland. More barbaric, sure, but still fighting over a stupid god and a stupid religion.
    I have mixed feelings about the adults, but the kids. Ah….cannon fodder. Too sad.

    Comment by Arkenaten — November 21, 2013 @ 5:43 am | Reply

    • A war over a delusion, the tradegy is too immense. Consider the fact that the “adults” with the weapons today were indictrinated as children, so today’s children are just another link in the chain. A chain formed by … ?

      PS We’ve moved (again)! Just change the Apt # from 28C to 17A (110 feet down and about 30 feet east). Effective Date: October 1, 2013

      *Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem.* ************** Steve Ruis

      Comment by stephenpruis — November 21, 2013 @ 7:06 am | Reply


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