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Hmmm, Maybe Theocracy Is Not So Much Fun After All


The New York Times today has a brilliant front page piece on young Iraqis who have become fed up with their religious leaders, not to mention the religion-inspired violence consuming their society. Here's the key graf, late in the story:

Violent struggle against the United States was easy to romanticize at a distance.

“I used to love Osama bin Laden,”
proclaimed a 24-year-old Iraqi college student. She was referring to
how she felt before the war took hold in her native Baghdad. The Sept.
11, 2001, strike at American supremacy was satisfying, and the deaths

Now, the student recites the familiar complaints: Her college has
segregated the security checks; guards told her to stop wearing a
revealing skirt; she covers her head for safety.

“Now I hate Islam,” she said, sitting in her family’s unadorned living room in central Baghdad. “Al Qaeda and the Mahdi Army are spreading hatred. People are being killed for nothing.”

This is not just refreshing, but also hopeful.

--Isaac Chotiner

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