Sectarian geopolitics in two easy tweets just yesterday
[ by Charles Cameron — you could start from this polarity and build out to cover the tensions of the world ]
Saudi Arabia’s top cleric says Iran’s leaders ‘not Muslims’ https://t.co/rPNjqo9x6g via @WSJ
— El_Grillo (@El_Grillo1) September 6, 2016
is an instance of this:
When Iran's regime criticizes KSA's regime, or KSA's regime criticizes Iran's regime pic.twitter.com/GqRuswXVfq
— Iyad el-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) September 6, 2016
And if these two don’t suffice, there’s always Charles Mortimer:
And so it’s all explained at last,
There’s nothing more to know.
Chameleons are pink and fast
Because they’re green and slow.
September 8th, 2016 at 6:55 pm
Here is a difference: Wahhabism generally says liberating Palestine should be postponed until liberating the Shia world from Shiism and from decadent Sunni regimes. Iranian Shiism does not postpone liberating Palestine until Shiism is imposed on the region.
Probably resulting in this:
September 9th, 2016 at 3:30 pm
That’s an interesting article for the hypocrisy it indicates — or is that more a matter of not letting your left hand know what your right hand is doing?
I’ll leave the political motivation for the US selling weapons to the Saudi regime for use in Yemen to others.
September 9th, 2016 at 3:34 pm
I saw this yesterday in DW:
September 9th, 2016 at 6:27 pm
More on the motivation.
September 9th, 2016 at 6:58 pm
Thanks, will read.
September 9th, 2016 at 8:19 pm
“That’s an interesting article for the hypocrisy it indicates — or is that more a matter of not letting your left hand know what your right hand is doing?”
She seems to have forgotten the part about the fundamental immorality of the North Vietnamese Army fighting the war from areas where children play and families farm the land. The fact is that the more civilians that died, the more the NVA benefited from the public outcry. They were perfectly happy to sacrifice as many Laotians as possible. This is a similar motivation as in Gaza where Hamas stores Iranian rockets in schools in the hopes that deaths of children will make the TV news. Fortunately, Israel has much more concern for human life and warns civilians, to the short term detriment of their own security, before any occupied building is to be targeted, and this is why Hamas is now in a long term losing spiral. If we had better perceived the benefits of the moral high ground during the Vietnam War as the Israelis now do, we might have had a different outcome.
Certainly unexploded ordinances are dangerous and should be dealt with, but it’s a stretch to claim that this is the reason Laos is trapped in a cycle of poverty. They remain a backwards country that is one of the few left controlled by a repressive communist regime (in case you were wondering why Obama is so comfortable dealing with them). They regularly persecute minorities, such as the Christian Hmong, who otherwise might contribute to prosperous growth. In fact, Laos is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to live in if you are a practicing Christian. Not quite as bad as Iran, but close.
September 10th, 2016 at 6:36 pm
An international agency found no evidence of your claim re Hamas.
September 10th, 2016 at 8:29 pm
Which agency, and which claim (storage in schools, or losing spiral)?