The anti-Iraqi Freedom poster shouted, “Fighting for peace is like fucking for virginity.”
I guess this makes it love.
A quarter-century after its first traumatic confrontation with the Shiite world, when the U.S. Embassy was seized in Iran, the United States is moving on several fronts to support, recognize or hold out the prospect of engagement with Islam’s increasingly powerful minority.
The White House is now counting on a Shiite-dominated government to stabilize Iraq. In a tactical shift, the United States is indirectly reaching out to Iran, backing Europe’s offer of economic incentives to get Tehran to surrender any nuclear weapons program.
I’ve been blogging on forcing common interests with Iran for a while. The WashPost takes a different angle: the Shia are forcing common with the U.S. Who seduced whom is an interesting question, but decreasingly important for this couple. When Bush began Shia, a democratizer met a democratic movement.
While Hezbollah may be my, and Bush’s, kind of terrorists…
And in Lebanon, President Bush suggested yesterday, Washington might accept Hezbollah as a political party — if it renounces terrorism, as the Palestine Liberation Organization did in 1988. “I would hope that Hezbollah would prove that they’re not [a terrorist organization] by laying down arms and not threatening peace,” he said in a joint appearance with Jordan’s King Abdullah.
Wright reminds us that even super-friend Dawa was once on the outs
Shiite extremism in the 1980s embodied the main terrorist threat to the United States, as Shiite groups in Lebanon blew up two U.S. embassies and a Marine compound, and later seized dozens of Western hostages. In Kuwait, Iraq’s Shiite Dawa movement simultaneously bombed the U.S. and French embassies as well as Western businesses.
In Ba’athi Iraq the nation was run by a Sunni minority — today in Ba’athi Syria the state is controlled by the schismatic Alawite sect. A legacy of the Mandate System was rule by the few — Bush’s legacy will be rule of the many.