The Wrong Brand of Islam

Sunni versus Shiite. Shiite militiamen in Iraq kill scores of Sunni worshipers at mosque – LA Times.

Shiite Muslim militiamen on Friday stormed a Sunni mosque in eastern Iraq and opened fire, killing scores of worshipers, residents and Iraqi officials said, in a sign of growing sectarian violence stemming from the rise of the Islamic State militant group.

The attack in Diyala province, east of Baghdad, was reportedly in retaliation for a bombing earlier in the day that targeted a Shiite security vehicle, raising the specter of the sort of tit-for-tat sectarian killing that marked the deadliest years of the Iraqi civil war years ago.

War and religion. Catholic versus Protestant. Sunni versus Shiite. Jew versus Arab. The Lavant versus everyone else. Ain’t religion grand?

(So, is this a “hate crime?”)


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