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20 August 2012


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Babak Makkinejad

I think you are underestimating the fear that small Christian communities have of outsiders coming into their towns.

They are very provincial in their sentiments; as far as I have been able to understand.

Babak Makkinejad


In addition to Syria, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait, UAE, Yemen, Oman, and Saudi Arabia all have sizable minority religious communities; in many cases Shia and in some Shia, Alevi/Alawite, Druze, Yazidi, and others.

Trying to oppose Iranian power by relying on some sort of Sunni-Shia divide is dangeorus not to Iran but to these other states that enumerated above - it harms their own internal peace and tranquility as the war in Syria drags on.

In my opinion, without Egypt the formation of a Sunni front is also impossible.

The game is up, in my opinion.

Babak Makkinejad

Mr. Muris does not represent - or is not party to - of the political and religious movements that Saudi money has fostered in Pakistan and elsewhere.

He belongs to Muslim Brotherhood, the oldest overtly political movement among Sunni Muslims in the Middle East.

Mr. Erdogan also is an MB.

The Madrassahs in Pakistan are not producing Muslims indoctrinated with the political program of Muslim Brotherhood.

Babak Makkinejad

Revolutions are acts of emotion and not Reason.

Economic considerations will not substantially alter the flow of events in Egyot - in my opinion.


The fears and sentiments are very real and your understanding is correct in that sense but they are not as widespread as people like to make out. Many Christian areas today were once Shia areas while the Hizballah "strongholds" in the suburbd of Beirut were once Christian dominated areas. However, the strategy of "The Shia are coming" was played out a couple of years ago in Lebanon and it blew over quickly as the strategy fell on its face in light of the obvious evidence.

Mark Logan


I quite agree. Principles are likely to be among the last things questioned.

FB Ali

I doubt if the current situation is conducive to such a development.

Yes, I believe most of the 9/11 attackers were Saudis.


Babak: What's also ignored is that the "Christian Reformation" lead to the Thirty Years War, one of the worst catastrophes to ever befall Christiandom. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty_Years'_War

An estimated 8 million dead.

Why would a Muslim want to embrace that?

Jim Ticehurst

Correction...It was Qatar that provided the 2 Billion (US) to Egypt..Not Kuwait.. Also there are some interesting storys on the Web..One at the CSM..Christian science Monitor today titled..
"Egypts Morsi Cleans House..But a Coup..? hardly"
then go's on by stating.."The Outgoing Old Guard Retains Both Influence and Great Wealth.."

Speaking of Coups...Who is next in Line if Something should happen now to President Morsi in the Way of Sadats Demise....? Who Takes over..? Would that be the New Egyptian Vice President..Sr. Judge Mahmoud Mekki..The Man the MB Really wanted to be thier Candidate for President..? Strange position for a Judge whos claim to fame is getting arrested for Demanding the Seperation of Powers between the Judiciary and Mubarek..(The executive)

He started His career in the State police..but became a lawer and moved into the Court systems as a Judge..Wonder how much real background US (CIA) Intel has on MEKKI in that event..

Right now...The USA has complete confidence in US Educated President Morsi..a long time resident of the USA..two of his sons are US Citizens..

So much Confidence in Fact..That according to a report at CNN..Security Clearance website..titled
"Panetta tries to Help Secure Siani with Intel Aid.." then..US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is offering Egypt a Package of Classified Intelligence sharing Capabilitys"..

So..now we support Islamic Revolutions..and as the saying go's.."To Argue with a Person (Or Administration) who has Renounced The Use of Reason..Is Like Adminstering Medicine to the Dead..

Babak Makkinejad

That's what I am saying....



Thanks as always for your illuminating response.

My question is that it seems that Saudi-sponsored Wahhabi Islam is destabilizing the current order in many Islamic majority states by creating violent conflict. Why haven't these national and/or regional forms of Islam gone after the Saudi sponsors directly? I speculate the House of Saud is a shaky monarchy that does not have the undivided loyalty of all the Saudis.

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