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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2006 12:58 am 
Not sure whether to put this in politics or religion... [flip coin]

Is the Iraq/US war a religious war?

I guess the fact that the US and Britain are christian countries and Iraq is islamic could be coincidental...
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Okay, so my last argument was a bit hair-splitting. One might even say evasive. Here's the one I should've made.

From day one, the rallying cry for this war has been "protect America!" Not "kill the unbelievers," not "get the heathens out of the holy land," not even "let's save them from their folly." "Protect America," again and again and again.

If this is a holy war, then it's only so in the minds of those who wish it to be. For the rest of us - including those who approved this conflict - the purpose (no matter how misguided) is preemptive defense.

Whether that purpose is legitimate or not, well, that's a different debate.

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Heck, Shintoism didn't even have a /name/ until the West showed up.

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I call it a horrible, horrible joke. Just like Vietnam, just like Korea. Were those religious wars (sorry, "police actions")? They certainly fit your criteria - unless you actually believe we were attacked in the Gulf of Tonkin, of course.

I suspect that if Bush Sr. had gone to war with the Isrealis, we'd be fighting Jews. I suspect that if India had a lot of oil and a dictator we officially Didn't Like, we'd be shooting Hindus. And I suspect that if Bush, Cheney, and the Congress (remember, it's not just the president who makes the decision) got the notion to attack Italy for god knows what reason, we'd be slugging it out with Catholics.

And spare me your slogans, Pronto. I hear enough of them from our own pundits - left and right.

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*chuckle* Yeah, this whole discussion has gotten pretty asinine. Shall we let it rest?


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