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Sunnis against Shias: a strategic absurdity

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Iran and Saudi Arabia are both bent on unrealistic plans for dominance in the Middle East or, at the very least, on denying the dominance of the other

The Middle East is in the grip of a war neither side can win. The conflict in the region between Sunnis and Shias, from Lebanon to Iraq, is a strategic absurdity, which makes the death toll even more tragic than it would otherwise be.

If anything can be said for certain about those who died in the recent explosions in Beirut, in last week’s fighting in Fallujah and Ramadi, or in the latest bombing raids on Aleppo, it is that their deaths will serve no rational purpose.

The minds of the men on the ground, intimately involved in this carnage, are muddled by fear, prejudice, passion, and the desire for revenge – excuses of sorts. But what of those who preside over this bloodshed from distant capitals?


Posted by on January 8, 2014. Filed under Asia,Iran,Politics,Saudi Arabia. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

2 Responses to Sunnis against Shias: a strategic absurdity

  1. Rafiq A. Tschannen

    January 8, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    As many times in religious ‘wars’ religion is just taken as an excuse to gain support for political ends. In the Arab / Iranian region it is a power struggle between the House of Saud and the Ayatullahs. Never have I heard that either invited the other by religious arguments to ‘convert’ to their side. (have you?)

  2. Basharat Ahmed

    January 13, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Righly said !

    The secterian violence is not jihad.

    May Allah bless muslim umma.

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