Saturday, October 23, 2004

Tribal Politics

A Glimpse of Iraq gives us a glimpse into the workings of modern day tribal politics.

I find this all reminiscent of the Hatfields and McCoys, or of you are more literary, the Montegues and Capulets.

Revenge is qualified by who it is that exacts the revenge. For those in 'modern' cultures, the state has taken over the responsibility of 'revenge'. Immanently less satisfying to those who have been wronged, but it does for the most part prevent the blood feuds this type of social structure seems to generate.

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