Sunday, July 08, 2007

Hatred Manifests Itself In Petty Ways

Via No Capital:

IRAQI pupils have had their dreams of going to university dashed by teachers who have been failing schoolchildren from rival sectarian groups.

Examiners at Baghdad marking centres who receive examination papers from both Shiite and Sunni pupils erased answers and gave marks below the 50 per cent pass mark required to go on to higher education. Six teachers - four Sunni and two Shiite - had been dismissed after fellow markers realised what they were doing.

One Shiite teacher, who was dismissed, told investigators: "I gave bad marks to those with Sunni names because I lost one of my sons in al-Adamiya city [a hardline Sunni area of Baghdad]. He was killed there because he is a Shia."

At times like this I am reminded of a quote from Bill Krystol, the very stupid neo-con.

"There's been a certain amount of pop sociology in America ... that the Shia can't get along with the Sunni and the Shia in Iraq just want to establish some kind of Islamic fundamentalist regime. There's almost no evidence of that at all. Iraq's always been very secular."