Friday, December 29, 2006

Tell me it ain't so, Joe

I don't know why I even follow the news and opinion any more. Glenn Greenwald, in his as usual good commentary, quotes Joe Lieberman:
On this point, let there be no doubt: If Iraq descends into full-scale civil war, it will be a tremendous battlefield victory for al-Qaeda and Iran. Iraq is the central front in the global and regional war against Islamic extremism.
Glenn goes on to discuss the Israeli underpinnings of Joe's desire for war with Iran. In my opinion, he does not go far enough since, at this point, open ended support of Israel by the U.S. will inevitably lead to Israel's use of a nuclear weapon against Iran as things deteriorate ("we had to nuke 'em to survive the Nazis").

What I really wanted to do, though, is to point out the tremendous fallacy in the Lieberman quote. That is, conflating Iran with al-Qaeda. Iran, along with the better part of Iraq and Lebanon, are Shiite. Al-Qaeda is most definitely Sunni (actually the core of al-Qaeda is of Sunni extremism: Wahhabism or Salafism which originated in Saudi Arabia, a Sunni country and our dearest friend.)

Where does Joe get his information? If Sunni and Shiite were going to cooperate in "terrorism" they would have cooperated in Iraq where they are killing each other in the most barbaric way.

As I said, why even read this crap any more. Just hunker down for Armegeddon.


Felix Grant said...

I recently heard a US congresswoman (name escapes me) with responsibility for oversight of CIA recruitment of Arab agents. Asked the difference btween Sunni and Shia, she said something along the lines of "I don't know, but taking a guess shia is more radical than Sunni - or the other way around". Fills you with confidence, dunnit?

DC Peaches said...

Joe's not the only one who's confused. Charlie Rangel of the House, a man who is set to head some committee or other--or maybe it was Hastings, or whoever's set to head intelligence also didn't know the difference.