The chance that religious wars broke out during the war in Syria?
Material posted: Publication date: 16-09-2012

The Syrian crisis has affected in varying degrees, all countries in the middle East. One of the States, stung by the riots, his neighbor, is Lebanon. Because of events in Syria, as in Iraq, there has escalated a conflict between Shiites and Sunnis, which sharply destabilize the situation in the country. In this situation, the question that inevitably arises is whether the exacerbation of religious conflict is a natural event, naturally flowing from revolutionary unrest in the neighboring countries, or it is created artificially interested in the crisis in the middle East countries?

As you know, official Beirut regarding the events in Syria keeps neutrality. At the same time, the Lebanese authorities reinforce the army in most hot spots, while political scientists claim that recent events in the country is very similar to the beginning of the civil war. The sharp deterioration of the situation in Lebanon caused the Shia-Sunni conflict that has already forced several countries to urge their citizens to leave the state. One of the first did Saudi Arabia, followed by Qatar, United Arab Emirates, the USA and several other countries. The reason for this was the bombing of aviation SAR the Syrian city of a'zaz in Aleppo governorate. As a result, killing four of the 11 hostages-Lebanese 3 months holds the Syrian armed opposition. Close to Hizbollah, the Lebanese television Al-Manar reported that the hostages were killed by rebels, while Syrian rebels claim that the deaths of Lebanese government troops are guilty.

In response, the relatives of captured Lebanese Syrian bus with the workers moving on the road to Beirut, and staged in the capital pogroms of the shops belonging to Syrians. They also blocked the international airport and the highway from Beirut to Damascus, effectively isolating the country from the outside world. In addition, the Lebanese Shiite clan, al-Mekdad said that he intends to steal all the Sunnis from countries that provide assistance and support to Syrian rebels. First of all, this applies to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. In response, the Lebanese Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir, the head of the local Sunni radicals, called the actions of the Shiite clans the beginning of the civil war in Lebanon and announced his intention to take to the streets of their activists. Shia has also said it is ready to conduct night raids on Beirut with the aim of destroying Sunnis, Sunnis in response, announced mobilization of its activists.

Thus, it becomes obvious anger of the supporters of two religious confessions in the light of events in Syria events. In Lebanon, the polarization members of different areas of religion happened at the very beginning of the Syrian crisis. As you know, Lebanon is 40% Christian, 60% Muslim, more than half of them are Shia, one third Sunni and one - tenth of the Druze. There are two leading political forces, which support different sides in the Syrian conflict. So, the leader of Hezbollah, Pro-Iranian Shiite movement, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah for Levitsky power in Syria. Sunni movement Mustaqbal Saad Hariri, in essence, is Pro-Western and supports Sunni militants, helping the world activists of the terrorist organization al-Qaida to infiltrate across the Lebanese-Syrian border to Syria. In this regard, on the Northern border of Lebanon, through which from the beginning of the conflict is the flow of weapons and militants occur almost daily clashes. According to official figures, the Syrian army is waging periodic attacks on border villages of Lebanon, suspecting presence of militants ready to infiltrate to Syria.

Despite this, the Lebanese authorities are struggling to maintain neutrality in the Syrian conflict. So, when voting on Syria at the Arab League Beirut always abstains from voting on the issue of exclusion of Syria from the OIC. Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour explains the position of his state as follows: "Lebanon's position of "withdrawal", being sure that any external intervention will lead to the aggravation in Syria itself".

To prevent the split of the country, the authorities have started consultations with leaders of all religious and political groups in the form of a national dialogue on defusing tensions and maintaining stability. So, every time Suleiman calls on leaders to take on national responsibility for stability in the country, but, nevertheless, the echoes of the events in Syria are stronger than dialogues. The Minister of foreign Affairs A. Mansour convinced that "provocations of the media and the daily growth of violence, which bears a directed inter-religious character, are a threat not only Syria and its people, they are dangerous for all countries in the region".

Indeed, the intensification of the conflict between Sunnis and Shiites of Lebanon and Iraq, caused by the events in Syria make the situation in the latter even more difficult. Moreover, the unrest in Syria, exacerbating the situation in Iraq created a crisis of regional character. So, the Kurdish nationalist groups began mobilizing in Syria and Turkey, and the Turkish troops were attacked by them. The regional government of Kurdistan (PKK) has begun to do important steps, which show its independence from Iraq. In Iraq, the PKK is a virtually unrecognized state with its own Parliament, flag, army, visa regime, armed forces, police and laws. The PKK even made deals with arms trafficking and oil with foreign governments and organizations, thus violating the laws of Iraq.

In turn, Turkey supports the position of the PKK and refer to it as a national government, with supporting the PKK by diplomatic contacts without consultation with the Central government of Iraq. The Kurdistan regional government also allows their territory to be used as a base for Mossad operations against Syria and Iran. But this not only creates tensions between Turkey and Iraq, but also directly affect the internal situation in Turkey. In particular, the Kurdish workers party once again began mobilization, and monitors the Şemdinli district of the Turkish province of Hakkari, fighting also broke out in southeastern Turkey.

Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey in the ongoing unrest accuses Syria as a provocateur of the fighting in the Kurdish areas of Turkey. However, this is due to the direct intervention of Turkey in the Syrian conflict.

Therefore, it becomes clear that in the middle East today is not just carried by the wave of revolutions, but on the outside started the process of incitement to religious hatred, ethnic division and religious war. Of course, in Syria fell apart and was in a state of prolonged civil war, primarily interested in Israel and the United States. And, by destabilizing the situation in one country, they thereby exacerbate tribal, ethnic and religious hatred in other Arab States, burning the entire Middle East.

She Chmilenko


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