Created: Sunday, 11 April 2004 Written by wohbegoneFor months, the White House has been making ominous predictions of a civil war breaking out between the majority Shiites, who believe it's their turn to rule Iraq, and the minority Sunnis, who want to hold onto the privileges they amassed under Saddam Hussein. But this week, the opposite appeared to have taken place. Both Sunnis and Shiites have seen their homes attacked and their religious sites desecrated. Up against a shared enemy, they are beginning to bury ancient rivalries and join forces against the occupation. Instead of a civil war, they are on the verge of building a common front. You could see it at the mosques in Sadr City on Thursday: Thousands of Shiites lined up to donate blood destined for Sunnis hurt in the attacks in Fallouja.
"We should thank Paul Bremer," Salih Ali told me. "He has finally united Iraq. Against him."
- Published on Friday, April 9, 2004 by the Los Angeles Times, Fury Ignites Solidarity in Iraq
by Naomi Klein