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#1 A large collection of individuals with long held plans to kill everyone they disagree with.
Posted by M. Murcek 2012-06-11 06:34||
#2 Let's see now, Ali was killed in 638 AD(?) correct me if the date is wrong. The murder is the basis for the Sunni avs. Shia conflict.
Imagine fighting over a disagreement on succession to a ruler lasting over 1300 years and causing the creation of numerous backward, brutal, repressive rulers, all in the name of one side of the dispute or another.
I actually believe the Muslim antipathy for Christians is just a sideshow and a diversion for the main event, the Sunni vs. Shia war.
The only time we really come into the picture is a diversionary tactic used by incompetent repressive rulers such as Assad to turn people's attentions away from the misery at home. The Soviets did the same thing with the US during the Cold War and Hitler used the Jews as a scapegoat for the excesses of his regime.
The US is the boogey man in the closet. The Sunni/Shia down the road is the real enemy.
Posted by Bill Clinton 2012-06-11 10:29||
#3 IMO, the most important thing to remember re Soodia vs. MM is that here enemy of my enemy is not my friend
IMO, the Syrian regime isn't really our enemy. And it isn't even Israel's enemy either. What we are seeing there is the beginning of the end of Arab nationalism. Good riddance - it unified Syrians in opposition to the West, whereas now, its core of Sunni Arab irredentism will have to stand alone, stripped of its claim as a force that binds all of the Middle East together. The Alawites, Christians, Kurds and so on will now each go their own way. Is the Alawite faith irrevocably bent on global conquest against non-Alawites, the way the Sunni faith is bent on world conquest against non-Sunnis? When was the last time you heard of Alawites conducting terrorist attacks against non-Alawites?
Posted by Zhang Fei 2012-06-11 10:41||
#4 Let's see now, Ali was killed in 638 AD(?) correct me if the date is wrong. The murder is the basis for the Sunni avs. Shia conflict.
Bill, according to Wikipedia, Ali died In 661 A.D.
Posted by trailing wife 2012-06-11 13:39||