Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Have We Learned Nothing?

Yeah, yeah, I know the answer to that, don’t worry. So apparently a revered Shiite shrine has been bombed and in our usual, obliviously generous way, the US has offered to help rebuild it. What??? On what planet do we think that offer would be welcomed? Have we learned nothing over the last 5 years about how we’re viewed in that part of the world? I can’t see this offer being seen as anything more than completely offensive. Am I wrong?

12 Comments:

At 10:02 AM, Anonymous Rachel Ann said...

Oh wow, I missed that one. Can't we just send them a condolence card and leave it at that? Aren't there starving in the USA that could use the money? Edifices that are in need of repair?

 
At 10:05 AM, Anonymous seawitch said...

I believe it's a good idea to help rebuild this shrine. The majority of Iraqis support us and they appreciate what we are doing.

 
At 10:26 AM, Blogger Esther said...

RA, it's pretty new, so you just hadn't seen it yet rather than you missed it. :)

Seawitch, in a normal world, I totally agree. Anyone should be thrilled with any offer of help. We rarely hear from any "majority" in any country in that part of the world. It's usually the extremist minority we hear from... at least, that's the way it seems.

 
At 11:51 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

What is more dangerous to Islam's quest for world domination:
1. Western society waking up to the challenge or
2. Shi'ite and Sunni factions killing each other first?

Now that they have rid themselves of all Christian churches and Jewish synagogues they can start blowing up each others mosques.
We should help rebuild their mosque right after they help rebuild some of the churches and synagogues that they've destroyed.

 
At 1:54 PM, Blogger MissingLink said...

I know!
We should ask Turkey to return Haga Sophia it was the most holy place in the Eastern Orthodox Christiandom before it was turned into a mosque in 1453.
Should the Saudis donate some money to help in rebuilding those Buddha statues in Bamyanin Afghanistan?

 
At 4:23 PM, Blogger eyesallaround said...

Wow, what about "separation of church and state"? That doesn't include using tax dollars to build mosques in foreign countries????? Is the government going to rebuild the 10 churches that were burned to the ground in Alabama? Sometimes I think our government has completely lost it's mind.

 
At 7:38 PM, Blogger beakerkin said...

There are Jewish sites in Iraq. The tomb of Ezra is somewhere in Iraq and I think it is a Mosque as well. I wonder how that area escaped unscathed.

 
At 12:52 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

Stuff like this is usually not appreciated. I don't think we should be taking responsibility for what these terrorists do.

 
At 6:12 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Esther,
the US has offered to help rebuild it. What??? On what planet do we think that offer would be welcomed?

Our help will not be welcomed, IMO. I think that ultimately the blame for the mosque's destruction will be shifted to the United States: "If the U.S. hadn't come here, this wouldn't have happened." Or, even worse, "This is Allah's way of showing how vile the influence of the Great Satan is."

These militant Muslims turn everything against us.

I agree with Crusader: We should help rebuild their mosque right after they help rebuild some of the churches and synagogues that they've destroyed.

 
At 8:38 PM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

Iraqi Shia aren't stupid. They all know Moqtada Al-Sadr is a puppet of Iran, which possesses zero Shia holy sites. Iran is the only one that can benefit from destroying the Iraqi Shia sites that prevent the Iranians from having theological legitimacy in Shia Islam. He's a self-marginalizing non-factor in the new Iraqi democracy.

 
At 1:54 AM, Blogger rockmother said...

Nope. You're not wrong, Esther. As usual you're absolutely right!

 
At 9:17 AM, Blogger Bill O. Writes said...

I know the feeling I have gotten when someone gave me some much needed help. Goodwill can go along way sometimes.

Hearing that a man was condemed to death because he changed to a different faith in a country we just freed to form a democracy has me wondering where all our help will end. Will we end up with just another pre 9-11 Afghanistan ruled by an al Qaeda like regime.

Are there still stories like the 86% election turnout where people risked life and limb to vote, and walked away with an obvious ink stained finger. A finger easily viewed by enemies. If the majority of the people still feel this way, I sincerely wish the media would show it. Are our efforts really helping?

 

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