This is just a paper I am writing for homework.
The Sunni-Shiite conflicts are and have been one of attack and counter-attacks. Each side wants its revenge, and both want to achieve it violently. In the past eight days (as of November 20, 2006) 715 Iraqis have been killed or have been found dead. The death toll is already higher than October which consisted of 1,216 deaths, and is up to 1,320. There are many civilian deaths, and they are not just from bombs. Direct attacks are not usually bombs or explosives but revenge attacks with bullets to the brain. Some attacks kill civilians’ unintentionally, by mortars and public executions.
Violence exploded after a bombing of a Shiite shrine and sparked many deaths for revenge. Many Sunnis and Shiites are now openly at war. The killings are as brutal as the ones under Saddam Hussein; corpses found with drill holes, acid burns and broken bones. Most bodies are found in sewage areas and trash pits. This war is not intense that the Iraqi culture made up new words for the killing.
Most of the killing is done by the tribes. Due to the chaos and lack of government, the people look towards the tribes for help, justice and safety. Most of the Sunni-Shiite conflicts are a big part of the tribe’s history. The history of these tribes is bloody. Unfortunately militias are moving freely around the country and are creating violence and destruction wherever they go. The killing is almost uncontrollable and it seems like the Shiite do not care if they care civilians.
Luckily, the American troops are trying to stop the violence. They have reduced the mortar attacks and put pressure on the militias. Now the killings are done faster and less brutally.