So much happened in the Middle East that it is hard for the Western media to keep up with it…..plus most of it does not fuel the paradigm they have constructed for the people of the US…….so they ignore it with the hopes it will disappear……
Me being one who likes to stir a good pot…..I will post on the ignored stories from the region……Just because……..
Item 1–Iran and Saudi Arabia are setting the stage for confrontation of the Islamic sects………
Relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia have always been thorny, but rarely has the state of affairs been as venomous as it is today.
Tehran and Riyadh each point to the other as the main reason for much of the turmoil in the Middle East. In its most recent incarnation, the Iranian-Saudi conflict by proxy has reached Yemen in a spiral that both sides portray as climatic.
For Riyadh and its regional allies, the Saudi military intervention in Yemen — “Operation Decisive Storm” — is the moment the Sunni Arab nation finally woke up to repel the expansion of Shia-Iranian influence.
For Tehran and its regional allies — including the Houthi movement in Yemen — Saudi Arabia’s actions are in defense of a retrogressive status quo order that is no longer tenable. And yet both sides have good reasons to want to stop the Yemeni crisis from spiraling out of control and evolving into an unwinnable war.
How long before the two go at it without the use of proxies?
Item 2–Iraq has broken down along ethnic lines…..will Syria follow suit?
Weakened by years of war, Syria’s government appears ready for the country’s de facto partition, defending strategically important areas and leaving much of the country to rebels and jihadists, experts and diplomats say
But the territory the regime controls accounts for about 50 to 60 percent of the population, according to French geographer and Syria expert Fabrice Balanche.
He said 10-15 percent of Syria’s population is now in areas controlled by IS, 20-25 percent in territory controlled by Al-Nusra or rebel groups and another five to 10 percent in areas controlled by Kurdish forces.
Is the country of Syria doomed to be a fractured country like Iraq?
Item 3–AQ’s brand in Syria is held up by al-Nusra and they make the news regularly but seldom for what they are actually doing but rather what the media wants Americans to know about them……..
Al-Nusra’s treatment of Syria’s religious minorities took center stage in the interview Wednesday. In order to receive protection in the future Islamic regime, Assad’s Alawite brethren — who adhere to a syncretistic offshoot of Shia Islam and comprise some 10% of the country’s population — will not only have to disavow the president and drop their arms, Golani said, but also to “correct their doctrinal mistakes and embrace Islam.”
Christians, as “people of the book,” occupy a different place in Golani’s theology. Even though most Christians in Syria still support the Assad regime, they are to be protected under religious law. Islam orders Christians living under Islamic sovereignty to pay the jizya per capita tax, he said, which is currently not imposed on Christians living in areas controlled by al-Nusra.
“Jizya is paid by those able to pay it. Those who aren’t, don’t,” he said.
Once the Assad situation is handled then they will take up the “correctness” of Islamic worship…….that is not necessarily a good thing……
Item 4–In Saudi Arabia, the home of all extremist thought within Islam, has a new problem…..ISIS on the peninsula has declared………
Saudi Arabia’s branch of militant group Islamic State has said it wants to clear the Arabian Peninsula of Shi’ite Muslims and urged young men in the kingdom to join its cause, the U.S.-based SITE monitoring center has reported.
Islamic State claimed two suicide bombings carried out on May 22 and May 29 on Shi’ite mosques in eastern Saudi Arabia, where the bulk of the Saudi Arabia’s Shi’ite minority lives. The attacks killed 25 people.
“What then if they live with their disbelief in the Peninsula of Mohammad,” SITE quoted the speaker as saying, referring to the Arabian Peninsula, birthplace of Islam and where Saudi Arabia is located.
“They are disbelievers and apostates, and their blood is permissible to be shed, and their money is permissible to be taken. It is a duty upon us to kill them … and even to purify the land from their filth,” he said
This should give the Saudis a more inside tract to American weapons…..even more so than they have today……the M-IC wins!
Item 5–Saudis and Israelis hold secret meetings to discuss cooperation in the region…..this news should give every international analyst a reason to balk…..
United by their interest in ginning up a US-led war with Iran, these two seemingly disparate – indeed, supposedly polar opposite – countries aren’t as diametrically opposed as appears on the surface. There is much to indicate that, far from being a mere alliance of convenience, one which is contingent on their shared albeit temporary interests, this conjoining has a more substantial basis.
Israel, like the Kingdom, is essentially a sectarian theocracy. Although adorned with the trappings of democracy, the Jewish state bases it legitimacy on its religious character, that is, as a sanctuary for world Jewry. This, in turn, is based on historical claims reaching back thousands of years, which imbues the land of Israel with a mystical significance and legitimizes Israeli sovereignty (at least in the eyes of its Jewish citizens).
So goes a typical week in the Middle East…..little of which Americans have any idea of thanx to their media slugs……(do you get the idea that I do not care for western MSM?)
Just a few of the stories missed by our dynamite news organizations……
Turn The Page!