It seems that as different as the two nations are in many aspects, they do have some things in common, and not necessarily in a good way.
The US has its Dispensationalist Christians that want to 'immanentized the Eschaton' who want to accomplish the same via proxy via Israel or directly with US military invlovment in the Middle East. I long thought that this was a phenomenon was limited just to certain US religious circles. It seems that Iraq has at least one group that wants to do their own 'immanetizing of the Eschaton'. The group that recently attacked Najaf wasn't just some Shia group out to wreack havoac on Shiites, but were in fact memers of a messianic cult bent on bringing about the rise of the Islamic Messiah:
NAJAF, Iraq (CNN) -- Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and other top Shiite religious figures were the apparent targets of a plot by a Muslim messianic cult intent on seizing the Shiite holy city of Najaf, Iraqi officials said.
The plot was thwarted by an intense battle that began early Sunday when Iraqi police and troops were dispatched to go after the insurgents. U.S. forces took the lead Monday as the fighting wound down, an Iraqi police official said.
The cult believed their plan to seize the Shiite holy city and assassinate top Shiite clerics would bring about the coming of the Mehdi, a Muslim messiah, the official said.
Col. Ali Jraiwi said the insurgents detained after Sunday's fighting told Najaf police they are members of a group called "Soldiers of Heaven" and are a mix of Sunni and Shiite Muslims.
Cult Plotted Attack on Shiite Clerics, Iraqis Say
(Note the last bit "a mix of Sunni and Shiite Muslims". Well, at least there is something that the two groups can agree on.)
A big difference between the American and Iraqi 'immanetizeres' is that the Iraqis are willing to die for their immanetization, but the Americans are just willing to get others killed for their END resutls
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