I was reading this mornings newspaper and came across a story about the booming business of fake ID's in Iraq. In the US my idea of fake ID's is about underage kids wanting to drink before their time.
Not in Iraq. Apparently, as most of us have been told, the Sunni's and Shiite's don't care for one another one bit. They have an unsettling problem however. They can't tell one another apart by sight.
That fact alone is surrounded by a pasture full of thinking room isn't it?
Apparently they can distinguish one another by name structure.
So....there are now fake ID manufacturers to give the customer a Sunni ID and a Shiite ID with exactly the same picture, but different name. That way if they are questioned by the opposite group they can pose as one of them.
Now if I made this up....you wouldn't believe me would you?
I could write page after page on this one, but you will be spared because I have to earn a living.
Nevertheless I would like to hear your thoughts. The closest analogy I can find in the US is if we had Methodists murdering Presbyterians. Or Catholics trying to 'off' all the Baptists. But first of course you have to determine who and what they are so you don't kill your own.
Wait a minute though, didn't Hitler try this type strategy? Seems he didn't like Jews, but had some trouble distinguishing exactly who they were? Then he used their names?