Friday, September 29, 2006

Heart-To-Heart With Trent Lott

Pretty astonishing stuff, this:

Lott went on to say he has difficulty understanding the motivations behind the violence in Iraq.

"It's hard for Americans, all of us, including me, to understand what's wrong with these people," he said. "Why do they kill people of other religions because of religion? Why do they hate the Israeli's and despise their right to exist? Why do they hate each other? Why do Sunnis kill Shiites? How do they tell the difference? They all look the same to me."

This is the level of knowledge of the powers in the United States? Probably not. I suppose Lott is trying to transport a meme to the loyal base of his party, the idea that the brown people over there are not like us and that there is no point in trying to learn anything about the issues. Better let the wingnut daddies take care of everything.

But let's take Lott at face value for a second. If he can't tell Sunnis from Shias how can he tell when the United States catches a guilty terrorist? Remember, the one who now is going to be disappeared, without legal rights for a proper trial or anything.