By curious accident of history and geography, the world's major energy resources are located pretty much in Shiite regions. They're a minority in the Middle East, but they happen to be where the oil is, right around the northern part of the Gulf.
Growing up in the place I did I never was aware of any other option but to question everything.
Occasionally the conflict between 'what we stand for' and 'what we do' has been forthrightly addressed.
The argument that resistance to the war should remain strictly nonviolent seems to me overwhelming.
Nationalism has a way of oppressing others.
My family was mostly unemployed working class.