Isaac Newton proved white light was heterogeneous; it carried the colors of the rainbow within it until the moment it collided with a prism, and then the colors splintered off dispersing the colors of the rainbow. To understand how the US contributed to a society that has increasingly begun viewing and identifying itself along various colors of the rainbow instead of heterogeneous white light, we must first acknowledge that we provided The Prism. American foreign policy in Iraq has conceptually ignored this fact. Namely, the theoretic Sunni-Shi’ah and Arab-Kurdish divides that have so dominated the Washington paradigm of Iraq were accepted at face value as ancient divisions. This has shaped the Iraqi political climate, Iraqi culture and thought since the US-led invasion in 2003. These ideas were borne into reality in every corner the American footprint laid its boot in Iraq.
Unfortunately, I think the Republican Party at large lacks the ability for empathy. This was evident during the first of two SC debates when the crowd was heard booing Dr. Paul when he suggested applying the golden rule to our foreign policy. Is this idea so radical? Are we not a Christian Nation founded on Christianity's principles? What the hell is going on in this country? Why are we in such a rush to go to war? These are questions that Americans would benefit from answering for themselves.