Babylon burning

Shrine attack brings civil war warning

“Babylon burning / And they got no water / Fire, fire / And they got no water” is the lyric to a venerable reggae song, “Babylon” being their word for the culture they stand in opposition to.

Now it really is Babylon that’s burning, the attacks and counter-attacks on religious shrines in Iraq are threatening to ignite civil war, more blowback from the imperialist invasion of a country, based on lies, headed by the US.

  • I find the transition in the narrative from “the possibility of a civil war” to the “probability of a civil war” significant. If that becomes the backdrop for the Iraq coverage, opinions across this country will begin to turn further against the “plan for victory.”


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