The Minister of internal Affairs of Bahrain said that the police forces have detained eight people suspected of involvement in a terrorist group linked with Iran. It is believed that the terrorists received instructions and funding from Iran, Iraq and Lebanon. Apparently, the main task of the group was to support the Shiites living in Bahrain.
At the weekend the Sunni dynasty, standing in power in Bahrain (in country minority) once again arranged the persecution of the Shiite opposition (true or not, but it is considered to be controlled by Iran), marking the anniversary of the February uprising of 2011, which was drowned in blood with the blessing of Saudi Arabia and the cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (includes Sunni "Pro-Western monarchy", are opposed to Shiite Iran and any democratization of the society).
The fact is that the Sunni regimes of the Persian Gulf (primarily Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates), who send in the Bahrain weapons and soldiers to suppress democratic Shiite opposition, fear a "Shia-Iranian threat". This is especially noticeable after Western intervention in Iraq in 2003, which allowed the Shia majority to come to power after years of Sunni Saddam Hussein (he was perceived as a "Bastion" on the path of Shiite Iran). This fear of the "Shiite axis" is shared by other Arab States, including Jordan and Egypt, which hold the power "Muslim brotherhood" (the Sunnis).
"Shiite Crescent", which relies on Iran, Lebanon and Iraq, extends all the way to the Eastern part of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait: there are significant Shia minorities that are poorer than the rest of the population, however, increasingly demographically and more receptive to the revolutionary propaganda of Tehran. In addition, the Shiite axis includes Levitsky Syria (until the power in it belongs to a clan Asadov) and projansky configured Shiite Hezbollah, which has long been the real master in Lebanon. The popularity of Hezbollah is largely due to the extensive use of anti-Israel rhetoric, the purpose of which is to attract to their side the Arab masses and make them forget that a Shiite Iranian bomb directed primarily against the Sunni monarchy... Hence the desire of Qatar to establish control (through funding) over the Palestinian movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip, which has long followed in the footsteps of Hezbollah and had received money from Iran.
Who are the Shia?
The media often represent the Sunnis as "moderate" representatives "of the majority" (80%), whereas the finding in the minority (15-20%), the Shiites have earned the label of "fanatics" and "heretics". Actually the term "Shia" derives from the Arabic word "Shia" which means followers of Ali (he was the son-in-law and cousin of Muhammad, fourth successor, or "Caliph", which overthrew his enemies-the Sunnis after an unfair trial). The Caliph of the Sunnis drove Shiites from the country (they were originally no less, and perhaps large, the Muslims than the Sunnis) and those gradually shifted in contemplative Islam with a rigid structure of the clergy. They call Ali and his descendants the only legitimate successors of the prophet Muhammad and worship their own saints. Their main martyrs — Ali Talib (killed in 661, the mausoleum is located in Iraq's Najaf) and died at the hands of Sunnis, his son Hussein (the tomb is located in Iraq's Karbala).
As for the Sunnis, their name derives from the Arabic "AHL al-Sunnah (people of Sunnah).
This means that they are custodians of "traditional" dogma of Islam, or the Sunnah, which is based on "hadiths" or the comments of the prophet Muhammad. Be that as it may, the most radical schools in Sunni Islam were founded. Shia has never set a point in the interpretation of the Quran, then as head of the Caliphate, the Sunnis have done it in the tenth century, banning all liberal and heterodox currents, that is, Sufis, Shiites and rationalistic sects (mutability), which, however, predominated in Baghdad in the Golden age of Islam. Such a fixation on dogma and the desire to control other Muslim sects can be considered a distant forerunner of Salafism and even the "Muslim brotherhood", a political and Orthodox Islam, retrograde-minded Islam, which with the support of the oil monarchies of the Persian Gulf were able to undercut the secular and Shiite groups. So, for example, Qatar in a "modern" goes to this task and from the beginning of the "Arab spring" supported the Islamist opposition in Morocco, Syria and Mali...
Entrenched in the minds of people in the West thought about the "evil Shiites" and "moderate sunnytech" stems from the fact that the largest and theocratic Shiite movement headed by the Ayatollah Khomeini and the Islamic Republic of Iran, while in fact, many Shiite leaders have criticized Khomeini's ideology, and the most open and secular in Islam are the Shia (and severely persecuted by Orthodox Sunni). Among the small but extremely influential sects in the Shia are primarily the Ismailis (the name associated with the seven most revered imams), who became known thanks to his venerable leader and benefactor of the Aga Khan.
The Ismailis are valid on the territory of Central Asia (primarily in Pakistan) where they played a number of medical centers. In addition, there are also alawites in Syria, the Druze in Lebanon, Syria and Israel, the Alevis in Turkey. The alawites have incurred the wrath of the Sunnis, as has consistently supported the secular and nationalist parties to fight with supporters of Sharia, which treats them as second class citizens. Today they fear neoosmanizm of Islamism, Prime Minister Erdogan, whose position is close to "Muslim brotherhood". The Shia are a majority in Iran, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Lebanon and Bahrain. In addition, they (so far) holds power in Syria by alawites and the Assad family, which struggles with seeking revenge is 70% Sunni majority. There is the Shia and in Yemen, where the Sunni authorities consider them all indiscriminately by the rebels-the separatists. Finally, a significant Shiite minority found throughout the Arabian Peninsula: Qatar, al-hasa in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait (in all of these areas there are rich deposits of oil)... wherever Shiites are in the minority, the Sunni group mock them, and even from time to time arrange pogroms: it concerns Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and even Iraq, where since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein raging Shiite-Sunni war.
The fight between Shiites and Sunnis and a new cold war between the West and the rest of the world
From a strategic point of view, Pro-Iranian Shiite axis support primarily China, Russia and hostile to NATO or America countries, such as close to Hugo Chavez in Latin America and Cuba. The West, following the logic of the cold war, in response, supports the Sunni Islamist axis, which is directed against Syria and its Iranian allies and Hezbollah. Anyway, this hatred between the Sunni States of the Persian Gulf and close to Iran's Shiite minority is not only strategic in nature: in 1927 under pressure from the Wahabi king INB Saud issued a famous fatwa, which the Shiites had to go to the Sunni faith or leave the country...
Pakistan, one of the main allies of Saudi Arabia and the United States (as well as the patron of the Taliban and other Islamist movements that have contributed to the spread of Salafism after the cold war) who oppressed the Shiites (by adopting the Sharia law) to the same extent that Christians and Hindus, calling them "collaborators" with the infidels. Bring the last of the many examples: February 16, 52 Shiites were killed in another attack, which gave the Salafis in the South-West of Pakistan. According to Human Rights Watch, in 2012 the country has killed 400 Shias, while the forecast for 2013 promises to be far more grim: for one only January the number of victims reached 165 people...
Alas, the West sees no need to make a bet (as in Iraq) to oppose the current Shiite Salafism or social minorities (such as alawites in Syria and Alevis in Turkey), as well as to protect the rights of Shia minorities in the Gulf countries and Pakistan, or Christians in the East who also are persecuted in all Sunni countries. The West today is driven by only the oil-and short-term interests, in favor of which he continues to deal with the fanatics of Sunni powers (Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Kuwait, etc.) and yields to all their evil and neoimperialists requirements.
He never criticized or tried to impede the achievement of these goals States: conquest (reislamization) all Muslim countries with subsequent Islamization of the West by funding (with the blessing of still believing in the reality of the Russian threat to NATO States) radical Islamist associations that are fighting against the values of the "infidel" countries and their integration into the society of the Muslim minority.
Alexander del Val (Alexandre del Valle)
Source: "InoSMI" the Original publication: "La guerre Chiites-Sunnites et l erreur fatale de l Occident... "
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