…And you know it don’t come easy

Great piece in the NYT today on the importance of tribes in Iraq.
I have been cautioned on this very point multiple times since I have been here, namely, not to fall into the simple Shi’a/Sunni/Kurd trichotomy. Life here just ain’t that simple.
The money quote:
Yes, religious fanaticism may also serve as a motivation, but in Iraq the rural tribes have generally been less inclined toward religious fanaticism than the city dwellers. The problem for the coalition is that religious fanaticism and tribal values are now working in the same direction. The coalition leaders must bear in mind that while the violence is endemic, it is not unstoppable — in large part, we are dealing with people who are open to persuasion.
And we are listening.

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