I think you're right, Jawara, about there being a civil war. And I hope you're right about it being over social policy rather than ethnicity, because most liberals can't shoot for sour apples.
I fear, however, that despite all the progress we've made in this country to resolve ethnic hatred, it's still there in a big way. In the inner cities, you have a lot of hatred and violence between blacks and hispanics. Elsewhere you have a lot of hatred between Asians and blacks, and in more rural areas you have whites who hate everyone. Simple ignorance explains a lot of it, but not all.
Political philosophy and morality are a lot thinner veneers than culture is, and even culture itself can't really compete with the deep, deep instinct to bond with those who resemble ourselves, and reject those who don't. The ones who have been able to overcome this, in situations when it really matters (like, say, the Bosnian civil war) are really the very great exceptions. As much as I hate to say it, I think non-governmental armed gangs are much more likely to organize along ethnic lines than along ideological lines.
You may scoff, but in Bosnia, people who had lived peacefully side by side for generations slaughtered each other without remorse once the ethnic lines were drawn. Bosnia isn't really the best example, because there isn't a hell of a lot of difference ethnically between a Bosnian Serb, a Bosnian Croat, and a Bosnian Muslim (all of them are southern Slavs, who simply inherited different religious traditions), but it would be wrong to call that a war between competing ideologies.
I really hope you're right and I'm wrong, Jawara, because you're a good man and I'd really like you on my side.
If you are right, however, would you be able to squeeze the trigger on another black man for subscribing to a "liberal" political philosophy?
If I'm right, would you squeeze the trigger on me for being deficient in melanin?
We probably have a little time before we have to answer these questions, but answer them we eventually must.