Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 95 E300
Location: Inside my head
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RE: Cheney, still lying
We need lines on those maps that indicate where violence is greatest. A sort of violence density map. IIRC, it is sort of a wedge shape with a pointy end stuck on Baghdad and then flaring abruptly northward Ninevah but turing abruptly westward to the Syrian border. The southern boundary of violence extends toward Karbala, thence abruptly westward across the desert to Syria. This is what is known affectionately as the "Sunni Triangle."
I heard on the news last night that there are between 80 and 120 different violent factions in Iraq, most of them Sunni. They carefully target it each practically by name but when any of them attack the Shiites it is rather indiscriminate (except for political leaders).
I don't know what the term for such fractured, tribal, murderous madness is. It isn't quite a revolution since the Shiites are fairly non-violent toward each other (likewise with the Kurds) but the Sunni Arabs kill each other and everybody else. Yeah I know, there are violent Shia nd violent Kurds, but they are very much the exception as compared to what is going on among Sunni Arabs.
Also, I recall that Saddam emptied his prisons of violent criminals shortly before the invasion. I wonder how many of the kidnappings and individual murders are just plain thuggery rather than politically motivated. Anybody heard about that or am I off-base with that?
Concerning Cheney's 50%, heck who knows? It's so confused and confusing over there that I think any number is just too fluid to be depended on.