Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Be A Good Little Minority Now...

Atrios tells us of the latest column by New York Times pundit Tom Freidman, one of those bang-the-Iraq-War-drums liberals who with each passing week find that the intellectual space they have to work in keeps shrinking. The money passage:

That will become clear in the next few months as we see just what kind of minority the Sunnis in Iraq intend to be. If they come around, a decent outcome in Iraq is still possible, and we should stay to help build it. If they won't, then we are wasting our time. We should arm the Shiites and Kurds and leave the Sunnis of Iraq to reap the wind.

How loaded those few sentences are. "What kind of minority" the Sunnis intend to be? Does he mean if they become the uppity-negro-Martin Luther King kind in demanding that their nation's constitution make them equal players that we (the U.S.) are "wasting our time?" Does he mean if they become the know-your-place, boy!-Booker T. Washington kind of minority that only then is "a decent outcome in Iraq" possible? Either way, it's clear that what Freidman, like all the rest who ridiculously expect the Sunnis to accept a paternalistic structure between them and the Shia and Kurd blocs, is really afraid that the Sunnis will prove to be the by-any-means-necessary-Malcolm X kind of minority. The no-justice-no-peace Al Sharpton kind of minority. The God-told-me-to-kill-my-oppressors-Nat Turner kind of minority.

If Freidman fears what Bush has wrought, he should have thought of that before he decided to spend the last three years using the nation's most prestigious newspaper to argue the sunny merits of a plan to illegally, and without provocation, overthrow the government of a Middle Eastern country whose national identity existed only as a figment of the imagination of the Europeans who had cobbled it together and the strongman dictator who ruled it with an iron fist.

And how about Freidman's kicker: if the Sunnis don't play along with the U.S. game plan, "we should arm the Shiites and Kurds and leave the Sunnis to reap the wind." That sounds at best like a call to intentionally encourage a civil war, and at worst like a call to support the genocide of the Iraqi Sunnis. This, again, from the pages of the New York Times.

By the way, I believe the expression Friedman is looking for is "reap the whirlwind," which is exactly what the United States is doing. It is clear that the continuing stress of trying to support and justify an action of George W. Bush is laying waste to what at one time was said to be a fertile mind. This is not only tragic, but given Freidman's prominence in the world of commentators, it is also quite dangerous.


At 1:45 PM, Blogger Richard Wilkinson said...

Be a good little minority left out step n fetch it, the role playd by the U.S. administration for the zionist party of Israel.

At 2:03 PM, Blogger Steve said...

Too bad Sadr has Sunni allies and would be unlikely to go along with this, since a united opposition would make him president.

At 11:08 AM, Anonymous Jonathan said...

How totally immersed Friedman is in pure fantasy was shown last week when it was proved that the U.S. occupying forces have been dressing like Sunni Arabs and gunning down Shiite civilians. The same as with COINTELPRO and Black Power, the U.S. occupiers today are inventing the "Sunni minority" in order to liquidate the Arab resistance movement. In reality, the Sunnis and Shiites are completely unified in their opposition to the occupation, and this unity will only grow stronger, which is what makes Friedman and the occupiers so hysterical.


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