As I was taking the four hour drive to Fuller on Sunday I listened to two hours of a news show in which democrats and republicans argued at and over (not with) each other. Their solutions to the war were typical: send more troops, pull the troops, partition Iraq, secure Baghdad, etc. It's interesting that these conversations are never with Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds, they are always about these people.
Yesterday's headline: "Hundreds Die in Clash Near Iraq Holy City." Iraq's army, with the help of U.S. troops, killed 263 militants, wounded 210, and captured 392.
Today's headline: "On Shiites' Holiest Day, 41 Dead in Iraq." Sunnis are blamed for three separate bombings on Ashoura, the holiest day on the Shiite calendar.
The lead story from Habakkuk's day (I also listened to some of the minor prophets on my trip down):
How long, O Lord, must I call for help? But you do not listen! “Violence!” I cry, but you do not come to save. Must I forever see this sin and misery all around me? Wherever I look, I see destruction and violence. I am surrounded by people who love to argue and fight. The law has become paralyzed and useless, and there is no justice given in the courts. The wicked far outnumber the righteous, and justice is perverted with bribes and trickery. (Habakkuk 1:1-4, NLT)