I hope those I am including think this is a good idea because they are educating me and I would like to spread the wealth to all our benefit. Per suggestion yesterday I will note their input in blue so as to denote them from my own. I was corrected right off the bat when I mistakenly termed the rift between Sunni and Shiite as hate.
Reply! I think we have to separate what is ideological rift from actual hate. The rift between Sunnis and Shias was there from the beginning but there is no hate. Spin, yes. I think AhmadiNejad's rhetoric about Palestine is actually damaging the Palestinian cause in Iran (but serving well AhmadiNejad's popularity across the Arab world) because Iranians do not want to wage war with the US and Israel because of Palestine, although they are sympathetic to the cause. I understand that.
But it will not work this way. The most successful religious leaders in the Arab street now are Shias, and not Sunnis. There are convergent interests in waging a war against Iran between the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia. Even since its inception, SA's royal family has worked against Muslim and Arab interests and for its own interest and survival as a royal ruling family. I have a post on this, it is in my permanent links (selection of articles) 'the Lawrence of Arabia syndrome'. It is the Saud family who 'sold' Palestine to the Zionists.
I am afraid I can agree with what she said especially the last paragraph in light of Bush's intentions in Iraq to set up a permanent presence. . I was using the word Hate to represent the Rift between Sunni and Shiite. I actually do not know the feelings they have towards each other. I only hear of the intolerance of the sects to each other at least by leaders and hard liners. I have found that the average citizen of every nation is very tolerant of others and wants peace and prosperity and only to not be bothered.
I would like to hear your take on the results of a permanent American military presence in the middle east, of particular interest is the thoughts of those from the middle east. Sounds like Custer's last Stand on a Grand Scale to me.