“We are all drifting and things are going rotten.” Ralph, Lord of the Flies
Tonight, I got to see the documentary, Iraq in Fragments, a movie that highlights what is going on in Baghdad, in Shiite Southern Iraq, and in the Kurd area of Northern Iraq.
It is impossible to watch the second section on the breakdown of Shiite Iraq without thinking of The Lord of the Flies. It is impossible for me not to draw parallels between Muktada Al Sadr and Jack.
"For us, holding on to religious rules, and following them, and refraining from what's forbidden, and being diligent with our duties, what do we call that? That's what we call freedom." Muqtada Al Sadr
“I will give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he is speaking. . . . And he won't be interrupted. Except by me. Jack was on his feet. We will have rules! He cried excitedly. "Lots of rules! Then when anyone breaks em" – Lord of the Flies p.33.
The Mahdi Army is set up primarily to enforce Islamic law ... but it has been a force to be reckoned with since it was formed. And it serves many purposes outside of that for which it was formed. As, I imagine most forces of power projection in history, including out own.
The movie opens with a view into the life of a learning disabled kid in Baghdad. Lacking the sort of educational support a kid like that would get here in the states, he quits school and goes to work in a garage. Sigh. Watching human potential go to waste always disturbs me. Maybe we should send a few hundred thousand copies of Lord of the Fies to Iraq?
Question for Comment:
“What makes things break up like they do?”
“I don’t know, Ralph. I expect, him.”
Lord of the Flies, p. 140
Does it seem like chaos gets just as much talent in its leadership pool as order? Why is that? Is there some universal law that demands that forces of progress be balanced with forces of entropy?