"And some kidnapped handicap was complainin’ that he caught the clap from some mousetrap he bought last night, Well I unsnapped his skull cap and between his ears I saw a gap but figured he’d be all right
He was just blinded by the light
Cut loose like a deuce another runner in the night
Blinded by the light
Mama always told me not to look into the sights of the sun
Oh but mama that’s where the fun is…" Bruce Springsteen
A poet for our time. PL
""There’s no doubt that the sectarian tensions are higher than we’ve seen, and it’s a great concern to all of us," Abizaid told the Senate committee, adding that the situation in Iraq is "changing [in] nature from insurgency toward sectarian violence." Asked about that comment after the briefing, Abizaid said that "sectarian violence is a greater concern for us security-wise right now than the insurgency."" Tyson in Washpost.
Does Abizeid really believe this? He is an intelligent man, and experienced in the Middle East. He has been involved in the war in Iraq from the beginning. It would be re-assuring to think that he is being disingenuous here and that this is just an attempt to be supportive of the administration’s efforts in his theater of operations. If he really believes this, then the implication is that he:
1- Thought/thinks that the rebels(insurgents) were/are a small band of holdouts and social nihilists who were likely to "die out."
2- That the self same small bands of "nihilist" criminals have/had no popular support.
3- That the religious component in the foreign and/or Iraqi components of the "nihilist" gangs are/were not genuine and that therefore the internal warfare that has plagued Iraq does not amount to either civil war or "sectarian violence."
Can it really be (rhetorical question) that Abizeid, Rummy, Rice, Pace et al are so "blinded by the light," by the luminescent and obvious truth of what faces us in Iraq that they actually do not understand the catastrophe approaching?