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  10/21/13Why Sunni-Shia conflict is worsening | Ya Libnan | World News Live from Lebanonwww.yalibnan.com/2013/06/08/why-sunni-shia-conflict-is-worsening/1/13 Search Search for: Go Search HomeAboutArchivesContactVolunteer  Why Sunni-Shia conflict is worsening June 8, 2013 ⋅  8:14 am ⋅  Post a comment Filed Under  Arabs, Hezbollah, Iran, Muslims, Shia, Shiites, Sunnis, Syria By Geneive Abdo Funerals for Hezbollah  fighters killed in Syria while fightingagainst the mostly Sunni Syrian rebels. Over 150Hezbollah fighters have reportedly been killed whilefighting in support of the Syrian regime of presidentBashar al AssadWhen the influential cleric Yusuf al Qaradawi recently called on fellow Sunni Muslims  to  join the  rebels fighting SyrianPresident Bashar al-Assad’s regime, he effectively called for the Sunni-Shia conflict  in the Middle East  to escalate in somecountries and start anew in others.Qaradawi said he was not demonizing all Shia Muslims — but that is precisely the effect  of his inflammatory words. Hedenounced al-Assad’s Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shia Islam , as “more infidel than Christians  and Jews.” signaling a broader demonization of all Shia. He also said the Lebanese Shia militia Hezbollah (whose name means  “the party of   God”)is really “the party of the devil .”   Create aFacebookProf ile Get Free Email,Chat, &Messaging. Joinfor Free & Enjoythe Benefits! Facebook.com Discover advertise  All The BestChoices. 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But as aclever operative, he knows this time his statements could escalate the conflict in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.Qaradawi’s rhetoric could also embolden the Sunni majority in Saudi Arabia and the Shia majority in Bahrain, where theSunni royal family is fighting a Shia-led uprising. In addition, his statements could add legitimacy to the alarm in Egypt,where Sunnis fear a possible, though improbable, infiltration of Shia Islam from Iran.Qaradawi, who is a controversial figure in the West buthas millions of Sunni followers, timed his remarks on the heels of a speech a week earlier by Hassan Nasrallah, theHezbollah leader. Nasrallah acknowledged what had been an open secret — that Hezbollah fighters are in Syria battling theSunni opposition and supporting the al-Assad regime.Like Qaradawi, Nasrallah said his condemnation of the Sunnis did not apply to  all — just those fighting al-Assad — but hetoo aimed to escalate the sectarian animosity that has already begun to grip the Muslim world.What is striking about the statements by Nasrallah and Qaradawi, and their timing, is that the other open secret — adeepening sectarian conflict spreading throughout the region — has now been publicly acknowledged.In the past, both men attempted to talk in fake pleasantries about the other sect. Nasrallah claimed Hezbollah was fightingthe “resistance” (the war against Israel) for all Muslims, and Qaradawi spoke of closing the divide between Shia and Sunni.On May 31, Qaradawi reiterated this message in his Doha speech and explained why he has had a change of heart.“I kept calling for years (for efforts) to bridge the gap between sects, and traveled to Iran during the era of former PresidentMohammad Khatami (but) these fanatics (in Iran) and hard-liners want to disempower the Sunnis. They deceived me anddeceived many others like me by saying that they, too, want to bridge the differences,” Qaradawi said.It is entirely possible that escalation of the sectarian conflict will lead to a profound remapping of some Arab states. This is  10/21/13Why Sunni-Shia conflict is worsening | Ya Libnan | World News Live from Lebanonwww.yalibnan.com/2013/06/08/why-sunni-shia-conflict-is-worsening/3/13 already a likely possibility in Syria. If a negotiated settlement is not reached between al-Assad’s government and theopposition, al-Assad and his minority Alawites could partition the country by forming their own enclave, apart from theSunni majority.In Iraq, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al Maliki is trying to sustain and consolidate Shia dominance by excluding the Sunnifrom important institutions and labeling them terrorists. More broadly, the country is witnessing a return of Shia-Sunniclashes at the societal level — some of the largest since 2006. Even before the Syrian civil war began, sectarian conflict wasa major outcome of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.In the tug of war between the Shia and Sunni, Nasrallah’s power is likely to diminish while that of Qaradawi is likely to rise.Once a leader who had support among the Sunni for defeating Israel in a battle in 2006, Nasrallah, in fighting for Assad, hastransformed himself and his movement into a strictly Shia paramilitary force engaged in a war with an uncertain outcome.Qaradawi, however, is riding a wave of Sunni triumphalism in the region and his sectarian rhetoric is likely to bolster theSunni ascendancy, no matter what happens in Syria.Both men’s words leave little hope for reconciliation between Shia and Sunni, and instead serve as an open invitation for increased sectarian warfare — now more likely than ever to be the most significant outcome of the recent Arab uprisings.*Geneive Abdo, a fellow at the Stimson Center and a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution, is the author of “The New Sectarianism: The Arab Uprisings and the Rebirth of the Shi’a-Sunni Divide.”First published by CNN  Advertise   Statement   Government Jobs   Cheap hotels malaysia   Secrets Discussion 27 comments for “Why Sunni-Shia conflict is worsening” Please respect the community. Comments that contain personal attacks or inappropriate language will beremoved. 27 comments   Leave a message... 1  10/21/13Why Sunni-Shia conflict is worsening | Ya Libnan | World News Live from Lebanonwww.yalibnan.com/2013/06/08/why-sunni-shia-conflict-is-worsening/4/13 BestCommunity Share Constantin7   ã   Why is the sunni-shia conflict worsening ? Simple: because this is the fate of this umma: self-destruction.Whenever given a bit of freedom / democracy: Killing becomes the name of the game, because theywere taught by their prophet to eliminate the other (in the name of God) who opposes them or believes insomething different. A people whose intention is to eliminate others will eventually eliminate itself: Whatgoes around comes around. Islam's mission in this world is to eliminate all other beliefs, but alsoeliminate the different sects within Islam. Only the devil causes killing, wars, kidnapping, confusion, hate,discrimination, ignorance, fear, and consequently poverty, sickness, misery and death. Anything holy fromGOD causes instant peace, serenity, healthy mind and body, assurance, tranquility and eventuallyknowledge, wealth and abundance. You muslims do not see that ???? Are you still blind ? Mohammadwas not and cannot be a prophet from GOD. He forced himself on a bunch of ignorants in the desert andfor med an army and imposed his supposed religion on other tribes and countries, period nothing more.Until muslims wake up and realize that this man was anything but holy, the killing, the wars and instabilitywill continue among muslim societies. Just look how islam's prophet lived: His behaviour is the biggestproof that he cannot be from GOD. And let those who have eyes see and those who have ears hear andthose who can read understand.   6   Junis   ã   e Muslims are fools. However, this does not remove the fact that the biggest initiators of genocide and illegal wars are Zionist Jews and whites.   5thDrawer    ã   But does that mean you must do what they wish?? For an irritation, you prefer war??   vasile grasu   ã   i bet here the budhist are the masters..peace within,peace outside..   Wissam Kolailat   ã   he asked how can 100 million shia beat 1.7 billion sunnis .. that idiot ...well how can 6 million isrealis dothe same .. its called sticking together you muslim idiot ...no wonder muslims are moving backwards inthis world ...   5   vasile grasu   ã   he numbers are of some importance,yes,but I bet if shia stick together,they will survive thestorm..    Avatar 
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