Bringing in the Apocalypse

A friend of a friend is a military police investigator (MPI) in Iraq. He helps run one of the military prisons in southern Iraq – supposedly one of the ‘nicer’ areas. Let’s call him Bill. It’s a nice name, and he’s a nice guy. He says something interesting. He says that the nicest prisons in … Read more

Just Don’t Step in Any

I have a problem. I get annoyed. About Little things. Well, not EVERY Little thing, but a lot of Little things – like, for instance, the proper pronunciation of words. I was driving home today after dropping my aunt off at the airport and was listening to my second favorite radio station, when the announcer said … Read more

Enter the Mahdaviat

Enter the Mahdaviat. We’ve talked about the Nazism at the roots of the Palestinian national movement. We’ve hinted at the genocidal racism at the roots of other Sunni radicals. But, what about the Shia? What lies at the root of Shiite radical Islam? Something far, far more frightening than neo-Nazi ideology. When dealing with Nazis, … Read more

The Sunni-Shia Divide

To outsiders, the difference between the Sunnis and the Shiites seems rather vague and esoteric. They both absolutely believe and venerate the Qur’an (aka Koran), the holiest book of Islam. They both call themselves Muslim. They both go on Hajj every year to Mecca, in Saudi. But, they seem to have spent the last 13 … Read more