Wednesday, March 01, 2006

i blame hussein

for the decline of sales at sunniland furniture (presumably meant to be pronounced "sunny-land"?) i always picture insurgents lurking behind their couches. am i the only one? i think not.*

another business squelched by the heavy hand of fate: tsunami restaurant, filed for bankruptcy after the storm. i guess the thoughts of rot and disease don't make people hungry for sushi.

*FOOTNOTE: apologies if i insinuated all sunnis are insurgents. on a more serious note, i was very startled yesterday to read in the news that iraq might be on the verge of civil war. i think it's so scary how so few people can determine something so consequential - whoever blew the top off that mosque really lit a fuse. i wonder if zarqawi is behind it...?


ningyo said...

1st comment--you changed the name of your blog? How often have you changed it and how many movie titles has it been?

2nd comment--wasn't the whole "Iraq Civil war" thing basically created by a journalist asking the question and the So and So person (Negropont?) replying that it "Is might be possibility?" I really need to read more news myself...ugh.

Everyone seems to be talking about catastrophic it would be for Iraq if it happened--almost as if it's already gone full throttle--but I can't find anything on how likely it is to happen at this point. Any good articles anyone can direct me to?

Mr. McFall said...

You have a very interesting brain!!!

The Goodfellas said...

1st response: just twice, and is from russia with love a movie? if so i must see it! :-)

2nd response: they've been talking civil war since the ousting of hussein. it's like this: iraq is roughly 65% shia and 30% sunni, with the remaining 5% being kurdish who don't identify with the previous religious affiliations (though many are still muslim.) hussein is sunni, and under his rule, every other group was oppressed. they were not allowed to practice their religious beliefs (a different sect of islam), and he reigned with terror. people were put through wood chippers, tongues were cut off, villages were gassed, etc.

when hussein was ousted, it was like lifting the lid off a pressure cooker. all this stuff that had been boiling for so long suddenly had an outlet - for the first time, people could have an opinion and a voice.

the US introduced democracy, or ruling by majority. the sunnis didn't want their country handed over to the shias, especially given that they're still an islamic state, and therefore law would be interpreted through the shia's specific take. this is why the insurgents have been predominantly sunnis. for them, the only way to get control is through force, through terror.

this is why it was so exciting when they became involved in the elections and took stake in the new governmental process. but now it looks like it's over. they destroyed a sacred shia mosque, which incited new riots. sad, because it's accomplishing exactly what they wanted. chaos.

i guess historically, after most revolutions, civil war follows. a sudden struggle for control, fear of the future. this is all why, in my opinion, it would be a huge mistake to pull out coalition forces, who are there to keep people safe while Iraq gets on its feet and is able to defend itself from itself.

i just wonder, if they do have civil war, will it turn into another israel? one country split along ethnic lines, forever at war over borders?

ningyo said...

Re:re:1 I'm pretty sure it's a Bond film. I think it's the one where they go sledding through a border on an extremely rare cello (or its cello case?); something like that.

Re: Re: 2 ^_^ I get it so much more now! I'm terrible at piecing together news info. I should hire you to put it all together for me! The internet is so...fragmented to me and the English newspapers over here are even more so. My brain just can't put that stuff together and the sites are SO big! So much info. I'm perpetually distracted by the most random articles about leeches and baseball..

Anyway, all I can say now is: How sad if that were to happen and add it to my prayer list... (._.)

The Goodfellas said...

i know what you mean, fragmented is a good word for it. what do they say about the war in japan?? the overall sentiment, and what pieces do they emphasize?

ALSO i just want to add that this is all very ironic in light of the palestinian conflict. such radical demonstrations of loyalty and dissension - it just comes off as so contradictory. most palestinians are sunni muslims, too, so how can the shias stand with them as brothers on one front, and want to kill them on the other? whatever's convenient, i guess. no, that is too cynical.

okay on a positive note, i recently read something just incredible. as a way to combat terrorism, some people are donating their organs to people of the opposing ethnic group. they say, how can you hate a palestinian if you have his heart? or, likewise, how can you hate a jew if you're carrying his kidney? pretty amazing.

ningyo said...

Thanks Mr. Mcfall! I think that's one of the nicest compliments I've ever recieved ^_^ hopefully interesting good--not interesting scary...

For the past year, there hasn't been very much news about what's really happening in the war--there's more about the affect on the Japan economy (gas has always been disgustingly expensive here) and its resources. To be honest, it seems very whiny, but a lot of economic news (written by normal reporters) seems extra whiny to me anyway. So I don't know what's happening, where things are or stuff like that.

In general for me, all news is fragmented. I don't watch the news super often, I'm usually out and about in the evenings lately. Plus we're having trouble getting in the English news channel. When we do it's always done much differently than U.S. news. Stuff gets repeated over and over and in between the repeats there's tidbits of important news. It's also put int a different order/writing style. It's difficult to explain how it's different. A British friend had this example of a report:

Reporter: "Recent surveys say that business men are tired from work."
Man being interviewed on the street: "Yes, I'm tired today, I think I'll be going home now"
The reporter: "Yes, he's going to go home. Many business men are tired." ~then the REAL point or DIFFERENCE {thesis) comes in at the very end. Such as, business men are drinking too much coffee at work or "power drinks" (vitamin packed drinks they have) aren't working etc.

In the West we usually write our theses at the beginning, then support, then conclusion. Here a teacher told me it's kind of conclusion (business men are tired) support (interview) and thesis/suggestion (too much coffee or something).

A lot of the time I don't understand the point of the interview/article 'til too late, simply because of the writing style here, then I have to reread it. OTherwise the newspapers also have articles from The Washington Post, The Economist, and stuff, but it's usually human interest (distracting for me!) or articles that don't seem important.

So it's mostly a cultural thing for me. I'm too darned straightfoward American and I CAN'T give it up! I love being a US citizen!!!

Anway, sorry for the long bit about how and why I don't feel I have a clue /(>_<)\ oops!

The Goodfellas said...

ahhhh.... everything is illuminated. :-)

ps. have you read that book? it is very good, i think you would like it.

The Goodfellas said...

oh hey laurie, if you are still interested the 2nd most recent Time had a whole cover-story (several articles) about the religious conflict. it's probably on-line too. :-)