English 10: Writing Portfolio
Catholic Memorial High School
My name is Brian Daley, I currently attend Catholic Memorial. I play football hockey and
lacrosse and enjoy reading and writing. While reading on my own time, I have come across some of
your books and travel guides. I noticed after reading some of your guides that you have traveled to
some interesting places such as Australia and Africa.
Good friends are hard to find, when you come
across a trust worthy friend it is important to stay
|Power is word that is often used in
today’s society, whether someone is losing power or
gaining, it is a common topic. One extreme case of a fight for power is the on going terrorist war
that is being fought in Baghdad. Wednesday March 7, 2007 marks the continuation of Sunni terrorist
attacks against the Shiite Muslims. Twenty people were killed in the attack, twelve police officers
and ten civilians. The bombing took place near a popular café in Balad Ruz, forty-five miles north
east of Baghdad. The Sunni’s have continued to be relentless in there bombings. Terrorist specialist
says, “The Sunni’s are now trying to hit hospitals and health center as their number one target.”
The progress of this investigation is very small considering that innocent people are dieing
constantly on the streets of Baghdad.
The criminals to blame for these bombings are the Sunni terrorist who continue to bomb Shiite
people. The reason for the bombings is simply over political power. According to the article the
Shiites believe, “The heirs of the fourth caliph, Ali, are the legitimate successors of Mohammed”
The Sunni’s believe, “The first four caliphs--Mohammed's successors rightfully took his place
as the leaders of Muslims. They recognize the heirs of the four caliphs as legitimate religious
leaders.” This disagreement between the Shiites and the Sunni’s causing many innocent people to die.
Just one day after the 22 died in Ballad Ruz, 32 died in a Sunni car bombing during a religious
prayer service. This attack killed 12 children and 20 religious leaders.
The Sunni government are the ones who mainly benefit from these terrorist attacks. Also
students from George Mason University quote Osama Bin Ladin, a Sunni, in a 9-11 tape. He says,
"What America is tasting now is only a copy of what we have tasted. ... Our Islamic nation has
been tasting the same for more [than] eighty years, of humiliation and disgrace, its sons killed and
their blood spilled, its sanctities desecrated." It is not a known fact that Bin Ladin is
behind these bombings but many believe he could be benefiting from the attacks.
The Shiite and Sunni bombings are taking place in 2007, but these bombings relate a poem
called, “A Prayer in the Time of War” written by Alfred Noyes. The poem resembles the religious
struggle over power that the Sunnis and Shiites are experiencing. “How should we seek to Thee for
power, Who scorned Thee yesterday? How should we kneel, in this dread hour? Lord, teach us how to
pray.” These three lines sound like Shiites praying for help, because they do not know how much more
attacks they can take.
My personal opinion on the terrorist attacks taking place in Baghdad is, they need to be
addressed by other people than the Shiites and Sunnis. The war will not come to an end unless other
people or counties get involved. I do not see the religious war ending soon because the terrorist
bombings are and effective way to disrupt the Shiite community and the Sunni’s know it