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A Vademecum of Islam: Sunni And Shi’a

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There are divisions within the Camp of Islam, both sectarian (Sunnis and Shia) and ethnic (Arabs and non-Arabs) that can and should be exploited by non-Muslims. It is in our interest not to help Muslims avoid conflict, but to keep Muslim peoples preoccupied with internal divisions and permanently off-balance. The Iran-Iraq War lasted eight years. It used up men, money, materiel, and morale, on both sides. It kept Muslim aggression directed against other Muslims. it ought to have gone on forever.

The main division, stemming from differences in Islamic beliefs, the one with which we are all familiar both because of the Iraq fiasco and the Syrian Civil War, is that between Sunnis and Shi’a. There are sects within sects: the Twelver-Shi’ism accepted in Iran is not the same as the Shi’ism practiced by the Zaidis in northern Yemen. The Sunnis are divided among four schools of jurisprudence. But these differences within Shi’a and Sunni Islam are inconsequential compared to the gulf between Sunnis and Shi’a.

That most important division, between Sunni and Shi’a, began in the first century of Islam as a violent quarrel over the rightful successors to the caliphate, and then metastasized to include other differences in both doctrine and practice. The conflict has waxed and waned; right now it is waxing, especially in the Middle East, in Syria, Iraq, Yemen. And even outside the Middle East the Sunni-Shi’a conflict continues with intermittent savagery. In Afghanistan the Sunnis of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda attacked the Shi’a Hazara, who were saved only by the arrival of American troops to Afghanistan. Attacks on the Hazara by the Taliban have been renewed in the last few years, as the American troops have been drawn down. In Pakistan, Sunnis prey continually on the Shi’a. There is even a Sunni terror group, Sipah-e-Sahaba, that devotes itself to attacks on Shi’a professionals and mosques.

The Sunnis constitute about 90% of the world’s Muslims. But on the east bank of the Persian Gulf, the two most powerful states, Iran and Iraq, are majority Shi’a. In Iran 90% of the population is Shi’a; in Iraq, 60-65% are Shi’a. There is now war raging in Syria between the Sunnis and Assad’s Alawites, who belong to a syncretistic branch of Shi’a Islam. The Alawites are based by Iran, while the Saudis send aid to the least secular of the Sunni rebel groups. In Iraq, where Sunnis still do not accept their loss of power after Saddam Hussein’s toppling, and where the Shi’a refuse to relinquish any of their newly-acquired power, there have been terror attacks by and against each side. In Yemen, the Saudis have been bombing Houthi (Shi’a) targets, while worrying about unrest among the Shi’a in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.

Unsurprisingly, many Sunnis in Iraq blame the sectarian strife there on the American Infidels, and appear to believe that though Saddam was ruthless, he at least kept the country internally at peace. But a moment’s thought would remind us that the “peace” of Saddam Hussein was not a real peace. It was a Ba’athist dictatorship that pretended to be open to all sects and ethnicities, but in truth simply camouflaged a Sunni Arab despotism that remained in power by terrifying the Shi’a, and massacring the Kurds. Iraq’s Ba’athist party disguised, not very conviincingly, a Sunni dictatorship, just as Syria’s Ba’athist party disguised a Shi’a despotism.

In Syria, members of the sect of Alawites, though only 12% of the population, manage to retain power thanks to their monopoly on the officer class in the military. Mainstream Sunni Muslims – who made up 70% of the pre-war population of Syria – regard the Alawites with what is by now unalloyed and murderous hatred. The revolt against the Alawites began nearly three decades ago. It was led by the Ikhwan, the Muslim Brotherhood, against the rule of Hafez al-Assad and was put down by Assad’s army, that killed tens of thousands of civilians in the city of Hama. The savagery of that suppression bought nearly 30 years of quiet, but the uprising against his son, Bashar Al-Assad, that began in March 2011, has ripped Syria apart, resulted in the deaths of 220,000, and driven 4.5 million people out of the country. It is impossible to imagine Syria ever being put back together again, no matter who might be the ruler. The Alawites cannot allow themselves ever to be ruled by the Sunnis, for they can well imagine what they would do in revenge for all the years of Assad’s atrocities. The Sunnis, on the other hand, will never again let themselves be cowed,as they once were, by an Alawite-run military. One suspects that Syria will remain dissolved, possibly with an Alawite-Christian canton in the west, and a Sunni-ruled canton, to its east, and a Kurdish canton in the northeast.

In Lebanon, the contempt felt by the Sunni merchant class for the lower-class Shi’a has become fear, now that the Shi’a have been outbreeding both the Sunnis and the Lebanese Christians. Once the smallest of the three main groups, the Shi’a have pulled even with the Sunnis. But more importantly, Hezbollah is now more powerful than the Lebanese army, especially with the support it receives from Iran. According to the Lebanese constitution, the President must be a Maronite Christian,the Prime Minister a Sunni, and the Speaker of the Parliament a Shi’a. The man selected last year as President, the Maronite Michel Aoun, is a close ally of Hezbollah. Open war between Hezbollah, with its Iranian backing, and the Sunnis, with their Saudi supporters, is now a distinct possibility. For the Lebanese Christians, that’s not necessarily a bad outcome.

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  • faraway

    We should always support the weaker faction until there’s just one muslim left.

    • Nostradamus the II

      Trump + gulf states should heavily bankroll/assist a Sunni minority rebellion in south west Iran and the Sunni Kurdish minority rebellion, in north west Iran…

  • Mahou Shoujo

    Divide and conquer. muslims are naturally divisive, it doesn’t take much to get them to kill each other.

    • David Lin

      The problem with this strategy is that they can breed faster than they eliminate each other. So their numbers are growing and not dwindling. There are now 1.6 billion of them, or nearly a quarter of the world population. Once a country becomes infected, it is impossible for it to extricate itself without external help. Divide and conquer is simply an ineffective strategy and a more direct approach is needed.

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      • Mahou Shoujo

        True, but in the absence of the will of governments to resist islam, it will be necessary to do what is possible.

      • Covadonga

        “Once a country becomes infected, it is impossible for it to extricate itself without external help.”

        That is very nearly true, except that in the 17th, 18th, and very early 19th centuries, during a time of great centrifugal tendencies in the Mughal Empire, the Maratha people of southwestern India were able to free themselves from the Mughals and from other Muslim forces to establish the Maratha Confederacy.

        They largely rid their homeland, Maharashtra, of Muslims, and established rule in various regions of India, from the great Hindu temple city of Tanjore in the southeast, to Gujarat in the west, to Bundelkhand in central India.

        At least twice they raided the Mughal capital of Delhi, even sacking the Red Fort, and raising their flag over the city of Peshawar, near the Afghan border in modern day northern Pakistan.

        They did all this while prosecuting a cold civil war against a rival Maratha court established by a Mughal-backed pretender, and fighting off imperialist military and naval forays launched by both the Portuguese and the British.

        • IzlamIsTyranny

          Whatever gains won by the kafir al najjis in the Indian sub-continent in the past over their muslum overlords have long since been erased.

      • IzlamIsTyranny

        Double thumbs up.

    • Mr Paul Middleton

      It has been unspoken US policy for over a decade to let them fight each other, and it works. General Michael Hayden (head of C.I.A. 99-05, Director N.S.A), on Al Jazeera, talking to Mehdi Hasan:
      “To have Sunni extremists battling Shia extremists in a fight to the death in a way that consumes their energies so they’re not focused on other potential enemies in a very practical real-politic sort of way is probably not the worst of all possible worlds.”

  • felix1999

    Brilliant idea!
    Pit one against the other.
    The problem is, that myself included are not overly familiar with the sect differences to maximize the hatred between the sects.

  • DOMINATION

    A Paleshitian father takes out a photo of his son & shows It to another Pali. He says, This Is my son, a Martyr. He takes out another pic & says this Is my other son, He’s a Martyr too. The other Pali says, They blow up so fast, don’t they?

    • santashandler

      ha, ha, ha!!!! Good one

    • Dave

      LOL, so true…
      The “Palestinians” are the scum of the earth, Satans poop! Even war ridden Iraqi’s hate their guts as it turns out that ~1200 “Palestinian” suicide terrorists have detonated in Iraq since the “Arab Spring” spilled from Syria to Iraq, killing literally thousands of Iraqi’s in a war they have no connection to

  • putupjob

    so what’s with anointing the kid with the blade?
    is this consecrating him to clear mines or something?

    • Crystal Waters

      They appear to be celebrating Ashura, a Muslim religious holiday where muslim men cut themselves and their children in the streets to celebrate martyrdom. It is a very bloody celebration with a lot of screaming children.

      • putupjob

        thx for the explanation as to what this cruel rite might be.
        screaming children should tell us that it’s painful and cruel and we don’t have to wonder about that.

        • Crystal Waters

          Yes it is cruel. How could these children ever learn compassion as this what they are taught from day one.

          • David Lin

            You’re presumption is incorrect. The ritual is not meant to teach compassion but cruelty. So the ritual succeeds in its intended purpose in inculcating a mentality of cruelty in their children.

          • Crystal Waters

            I have no illusions as to the purpose of this ritual.

  • Frank Metcalfe

    What a truly evil woman Geller is thank goodness the woman is banned from the UK?

    • santashandler

      Please explain how Pamela Geller is “evil?”

      • felix1999

        Frank is another dumb arse troll.

        • santashandler

          Yes. Looks like it.

    • roxy

      Geller is a Saint!!! A beacon of Angelic light in the darkness of this savage world in which non Muslims are being run down time and again, by the evil bus of political correctness!!

      Both Sunni (ISIS/El-Quida/Muslim Brotherhood/Boko-Haram/Ba’athists etc all other murderous Sunni scum of the earth) and Shia (Hizballa/Iranian Revolutionary Guard) are two major facets of an Islamo-Nazi ideology/political-social system thinly veiled as a “Religion”

      The non muslim west that has fallen victim to the pro Muslim progressive/neo-Marxist cabal that infused paralyzing PC in to its collective psyche, will gain immensely (down right survive!) if the Islamo-Nazis of our world, both Sunni & Shia, will be busy slaughtering each other rather then trying to violently conquer the west

      People in the west must realize that mentality/Human Development wise, the vast majority of Muslims living today (2017) are still stuck in a pre enlightened phase (before the major/fundamental religious reformation) similar to the dark ages for Europeans… A non Muslim westerner (infected with PC…) that assumes the average Muslim is “just like him” and has the same motivations/aspirations/reading of reality, is setting himself and our free society, for utter failure

    • felix1999

      Nothing “evil” about speaking the truth.
      EVIL people HATE TRUTH, right Frank Metcalfe. HATE the messenger because you you HATE the TRUTH.
      Metcalfe, YOU are the EVIL ONE.

    • Midniterider

      Hey Frank,GFY.

    • jim

      Pamela Gellar speaks the truth. What’s so evil about that? The stupid UK government bans anyone who reports the truth about Islam but is reluctant to ban Muslim preachers who preach violence and hatred of non-Muslims especially hatred of Jews!
      Political correctness gone mad!!

    • jim

      http://pamelageller.com/2017/08/jihadis-lack-understanding.html/

      The seeds of terror are to be found in the Quran, the sira and in the hadiths.

      “In the same vein, CNS News noted in September 2013: “According to a Rand Corporation report on counterterrorism, prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 2009, ‘Terrorists are not particularly impoverished, uneducated, or afflicted by mental disease. Demographically, their most important characteristic is normalcy (within their environment). Terrorist leaders actually tend to come from relatively privileged backgrounds.’

      One of the authors of the RAND report, Darcy Noricks, also found that according to a number of academic studies, “Terrorists turn out to be more rather than less educated than the general population.”

      The Times Online reported the following as far back as April 2005: “Three-quarters of the Al-Qaeda members were from upper middle-class homes and many were married with children; 60% were college educated, often in Europe or the United States.”

      There are innumerable examples of affluent Muslims becoming jihad terrorists.”

      By the way, why do you promote this evil ideology of Islam?

  • III Frogs

    Wow. This is really important information. No wonder it all seems so confusing! Thank you.

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  • jim

    If the whole Muslim world were really united, they would have openly declared war on the West and any non-Muslim nation!
    Keep them divided and fighting one another!

    The real refugees from the Muslim world are Jews and Christians. These genuine refugees should be welcomed!

  • bannedquran20

    If muslim zombies can’t coexist with muslim zombies such as the case with sunni vs. shite, why would anyone in their sane mind believe that islam can be part of a multicultural society?

  • IzlamIsTyranny

    After the ’73’ Yom Kippur War in which Israel badly spanked the Arabs, one Druze commander was held responsible for the defeat of Syria’s forces along the Golan, for which he was executed.

  • IzlamIsTyranny

    Using a knife on a toddler — how islamically creative! Barf.

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