The Moor Next Door describes events in Iraq from a certain academic point of view, a point of view he rightfully believes is flawed in several ways.
Sarah Shields is an associate professor of Middle Eastern history at UNC Chapel Hill. In a piece titled "Staticide, Not Civil War in Iraq" on HNN, Shields writes that the troubles Iraq is experiencing today are not those of a civil war, but rather and "anti-occupation struggle." The Shia-Sunni struggle is the result of an "exacerbated ethnic conflict" that the United States has fomented "in order to refocus a growing anti-occupation insurgency". The conflict in Iraq is thus very similar to other colonial conflicts throughout history, with Shields referencing Algeria, South Africa, Northern Ireland, and Vietnam as examples.
Actually, there's a simpler way of restating Sarah Shield's point. It's all America's fault. Humpty Dumpty had a great deal to say about academic semantics in Alice in Wonderland.
When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less.'
'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you can make words mean so many different things.'
'The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'which is to be master -- that's all.'
I accept Shield's words. It's the mastery which I reject.