Know thine enemy. Unless they’re Shiite or Sunni.

In which a journalist asks Washington counterterrorism officials this question— “Do you know the difference between a Shiite and a Sunni?” —and reports their answers. The upshot is the same as the previous post, but with no hilarity whatsoever. [via tristero]

Along related lines (knowledge is power, fun facts about the Middle East) check out this Imperial History of the Middle East map (requires Flash to view). 5000 years of dynastic history in 90 seconds, from the ancient Kingdom of Egypt to the Era of Independence (nation states). Brought to you by mapsofwar.com.