Democrat and Independent Thinker..."The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." -Nietzsche

Commenting on many things, including..."A government more dangerous to our liberty, than is the enemy it claims to protect us from." - Keith Olbermann

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

5500 years o' Mess

Someone wrote in to Jack Cafferty on CNN and said that "these people have been fighting since biblical times" in referring to Iraq, Iran, et al.

Actually, that is not correct. They have been fighting a hell of a lot longer than that.

Pretty much, they've been fighting and killing one another since around 3500BC. Thats BC. That means at least 1000 years before the time of Abraham and eons before Moses' time, which is the earliest you could actually call biblical time. You know, because Moses supposedly wrote Genesis and all.

Now, people, 3500bc doesn't mean 35 hundred years ago. That means 3500 plus 2000+, so we're talking 5500 years ago. I don't mean to sound condescending, just trying to be understood. You never know who's reading.

Islamic sectarianism is just the most recent justification for the killing of one another. Before it was the standard I should be King instead. So, uh yeah, historically, they are able to tolerate bloodshed. It's in their culture, it just wasn't so much in this generation's daily lives until Bush got his big idea.

Five thousand, five hundred years they've been killing each other in Mesopotamia and the only times they had the least little respite from war and bloodshed has been when they were ruled by dictators with iron fists and mighty armies.

And George Bush thinks a few thousand troops and "because he says so" is enough to bring peace and democracy to Iraq.

I'm laughing so hard I'm crying.

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