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Thread #77734   Message #1392802
Posted By: Nerd
29-Jan-05 - 08:30 PM
Thread Name: BS: Good News in Iraq
Subject: RE: BS: Good News in Iraq
I see what you're getting at, dianavan. The reason I said it made no sense is that the fact that there are more Catholics or Protestants in the aggregated countries of France, Spain and Britain wouldn't really mean very much; it's an arbitrary grouping of countries. That's how I feel about grouping Iraq with Iran and Afghanistan on the basis of ethnicity. Why not Iraq, Jordan, Syria? In the latter case you'd have about 90% Arabs and the rest Iraqi Kurds--obviously an ethnic continuum. But you're right, it's not theoretically impossible to answer your question.

One thing to remember is that the Persians did their share of invading too, historically speaking.    They did at one time occupy Iraq by invasion--but it was long ago! No one's innocent in deep historical time...