Middle East Toxic Schism

Note:  There is a lot of info in this post but if the reader really wants to know what is going on it is worth the time to read…..after all US troops are involved and could be further involved……

Since 1970’s Iran has been at “war” with Saudi Arabia….it is a war of words between two divisions of Islam….Shia and Sunni….it is a war for the soul Islam….but this “war” has been raging for centuries…..

The words Sunni and Shia only emerged into public consciousness at the end of the 1970s. Before then – except among Sunnis and Shias themselves – the terms had been largely confined to the rarified world of Islamic Studies faculties. But in 1978 it became obvious to journalists grappling with the early stages of the Islamic revolution in Iran that the Shia clergy, dismissed as irrelevant ‘black crows’ by the soon-to-be-toppled Shah, were actually very important. Few political analysts – including those in the CIA and MI6 – knew much about them.

Since then, we have gone from one extreme to the other. Today, far too many commentators latch onto the Sunni-Shia divide as the root cause of all the difficulties currently faced by the Middle East and much of the rest of the Islamic world. This explanation is facile, if convenient. Nor is it confined to neo-conservatives or right-wing identity entrepreneurs in the West, who relish writing about a Darwinian struggle for the soul of Islam that fits in with their own preconceptions about the essentially violent nature of the religion. Indeed, Barack Obama is on record as stating that ‘ancient sectarian differences’ are the drivers of today’s instability in the Arab world and that ‘the Middle East is going through a transformation going on for a generation rooted in conflicts that date back millenia’.


Of course the West has fueled this division since 1979…..the M-IC has made this a centerpiece of their game plan…..the profits made from sowing fear is staggering….

Recently there was a report that has been totally ignored by the MSM…..

In a speech broadcast Sunday, President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran is ready to restore ties with Saudi Arabia if it stops bombing Yemen and cuts its alleged ties with Israel.

Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic relations with Iran in January 2016 after Iranian demonstrators attacked Saudi diplomatic missions in response to the Saudi execution of a prominent Shiite dissident leader.


This is an opening for a peaceful settling of the Saudi devastation of Yemen……so far the Saudis have ignored the offer……plus they have enlisted US UN Ambassador Nikki Haley to make the case of Iranian missiles fired at Saudi Arabia…..she used visual aids, pieces of a missile, to emphasize the continuing attacks by the Houthis who are backed by Iran.

The US will not see the positive side of this situation……it calls for a “coalition” to confront Iran……

The US ambassador to the UN has called for an international coalition to counter Iran’s influence in the Middle East, while accusing the country of “fanning the flames of conflict” in the region.

Nikki Haley, standing in front of what she said were the remnants of Iranian-made weapons, said the US has found evidence that Iranian ballistic missiles were transferred to, and used by, the Houthi rebel group in Yemen, a violation of Tehran’s international obligations.

“In this warehouse is concrete evidence of illegal Iranian weapons proliferation gathered from direct military attacks on our partners in the region,” Haley said during a news conference in a military hangar near Washington, DC on Thursday.


The intel that the US is using against Iran may be flawed……

The most widely remembered episode of a U.S. administration using an intelligence-based public presentation to stir up hostility toward a country with which it was intent on picking a fight was Secretary of State Colin Powell’s presentation on Iraq to the United Nations Security Council in February 2003.

That presentation and the Bush administration’s year-long campaign, of which Powell’s speech was a part, to sell the U.S. invasion of Iraq represented a misuse of intelligence — less because of the substance than because of the whole nature and purpose of the exercise. Instead of using intelligence for its proper purpose of informing policy decisions yet to be made, this campaign was instead a selective and tendentious use of intelligence to sell a decision already made.


The US is determined that Iran is the enemy and needs to be slapped down.

But even with support from the US will Saudi Arabia ever come in direct conflict with Iran?  Some doubt it……

The geopolitical rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran is nothing new. Even before the 1979 revolution, which saw the establishment of the Islamic Republic, Iran under Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi has been largely viewed in the Arab world as a regional rival except that, back then, Iran had robust relations with the United States and Israel.


The big deal about Iran is their nuke program and the deal that they have entered into that they are complying with but all accounts….the US does not want the Middle East to become a nuke hot spot…….and yet…..

Saudi Arabia might be allowed to enrich uranium, if it accepts a bid to build new nuclear reactors in the kingdom from a US company.

President Donald Trump could relax current restrictions on US companies building nuclear plants in Saudi Arabia by allowing them to offer uranium enrichment and reprocessing.

With billions of dollars at stake and a pledge by Trump to kick-start America’s nuclear industry, sources told Bloomberg that rules governing the export of uranium refinement technology to Saudi Arabia could be loosened.


I would love to hear what Tillerson has to say about this situation……nothing about this situation will be in the best interest in a more peaceful Middle East.

The rhetoric is not good…..it is almost as vile as the rhetoric leveled at North Korea…..will Iran be the next countrry that we destroy?

Destroying Syria was to be next. And then Iran. In 2006, columnist Taki Theodoracopulos warned in TheAmerican Conservative of the “Clean Break” plan “to aggressively remake the strategic environments of Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, and Iran. As they say in boxing circles, three down, two to go.” Core promoters of the PNAC plan signed an open letter to then President Clinton calling for the removal of Saddam Hussein. They were Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, R. James Woolsey, Elliot Abrams, Donald Rumsfeld, Robert Zoellick and John Bolton, all solid members of the Neoconservative project.


Only time will tell just what this president will do….he talks a lot but actions will speak volumes…..


2 thoughts on “Middle East Toxic Schism

  1. Sunni/Shia is only the ‘headline’. Not only the deep-rooted sectarian differences you mention, but it also goes back further, to tribal feuds and family disagreements. Those people have long memories…
    Best wishes, Pete.

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