Remember when Iran seized the American embassy and held its workers and diplomats hostage? The sect that kidnapped the Americans were Shiites. I remember hearing about two sects of Muslims and it was believed the Sunnis were the more innocuous of the two. Not so if you have tried to follow the turmoil happening now in the Middle East.
Apparently, ISIS is comprised of Sunnis and Sunnis consider Shiites heretics. Kind of like the Sedevacantists and their disdain for Vatican II types but with one earth-shattering difference: Catholics aren't beheading one another and taking women and children hostage.
In short, there are precious few good guys left in that part of the world.
When America was attacked on 9-11, recall the countries of origin of the 19 hijackers. Not a single one was of Iraqi descent. The majority were from Saudi Arabia. Some Middle East analysts see the Saudis behind the rise of ISIS as a kind of war on Iran. Iran now backs US diplomacy in wanting to rid Iraq of Prime Minister Maliki. Go figure.
Remember even further back when, specifically when the Iranians were our mortal enemies and Iraq and Iran were at war? As I recall our government had no problem with Saddam Hussein's chemical weapons when he was using them on the Iranians. A scant few years later, those same weapons were supposedly the justification for invading a sovereign nation. Oh how the world turns in that part of the universe.
I don't really know what the political or diplomatic answer is to the insanity that is the oil-rich Middle East. No country seems the slightest bit trustworthy.
Unfortunately, the United States broke Iraq and now, like it or not, we own it.
The only solution I see is a religious one. Mother Mary implores us to beg her intercession through her Holy Rosary.
Did you hear a word uttered about this at Mass this past Sunday? I know I didn't. I'm really sorry about the death of Robin Williams, but practically speaking, it's a story that pales in comparison to the powder keg in Iraq. Finally, at the urging of the Pope, our Archbishop issued a communique urging prayers for this crisis. There will be a Holy Hour this Sunday for the victims of violence in Iraq, especially the Christians. Great. But in the face of such evil, it is not enough.
We need to storm Heaven with Rosaries and penance. And we ought not wait until Sunday to begin.
Hopefully, tomorrow I will begin a short series on praying the Rosary as prescribed by St Louis de Montfort.
We may have arrived at the point in time when Our Lady will save the world through her psalter.