Friday, May 4, 2007

Pat Lang on Anbar and Al Masri

Pat Lang over at Sic Semper Tyrannis has posted three interesting articles in the last couple of days about the reported death of Abu Al-Masri, the Al Qaeda leader in Iraq, and the tribesmen of the Anbar province who supposedly have been instrumental in finding Al-Masri. The third article is some background information from someone who was working with the Coalition Provisional Authority and the tribesmen of Anbar, and how the CPA screwed this effort up by attempting be completely in control of it.

Rather than quote from them, I'll just say go read. They're well worth the time if you want to understand why I've written that our trying to control Iraq and turn it into a society like ours was bound to be problematical, no matter how well we managed the occupation. As Americans, we live in a society with a strong national identity. I think it's hard for us to relate to societies that are organized along lines like those of these tribesmen. It's important to understand just how differently people can view the world through those two lenses.

UPDATE: On the Obama/MySpace situation, according to Micah Sifry at, Joe Anthony has decided not to sue the Obama campaign, which I think is wise. Nothing good would have come from that action. Anthony also thinks he'll continue supporting Obama, which I don't think is wise. Obama is demonstrating that he doesn't deserve that support. However, unlike Obama and his staff, I think that Anthony should be the one deciding what his labors should mean, so if he feels that way, good for him. Here's the link.


shoephone said...

Wouldn't it be nice if, just once, we could get a straight story out of the Bush Gang? These recent captures/recent kills that usually turn out to be 6 months old are just ridiculous. I guess we won't find out all of the Bush crimes until long after he and his cohorts have left the White House and fled the country.

Nice to see you back, Cujo. I was getting a little concerned with your long absence.

Hope the new venture turns out well for you. But please don't give up blogging. We need you in the toobz.

Cujo359 said...

It sure would be nice, shoephone. It's sad to realize that no matter what the story is that is coming out of the White House, you know that you aren't going to know what the truths is until months, if not years later.

I don't intend to give up blogging, but lately it's been hard to find the time. Still, it's hard to believe it had been four weeks since my last post. Hopefully, the next time won't be so long.