For once, Iran is right about something: appeals for ‘jihad’ in Syria fuel radicalism

by 1389 on June 20, 2013

in 1389 (blog admin), Barack Hussein Obama, Iran, Syria

“The Syrian conflict is widening a divide in the Middle East between the two main denominations of Islam.”

Neither the US nor Canada nor the EU has a dog in the Sunni versus Shi’a fight. Barack Hussein Obama comes from a Sunni Muslim background in Kenya and Indonesia, so he jumps at the chance to expend American blood and treasure on behalf of the Sunni faction everywhere in the world.

Yahoo! News has the story:

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Calls by Sunni Muslim clerics for a holy war against the Syrian government and its Shi’ite allies are fuelling radicalism in the region, a senior Iranian official said on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, prominent cleric Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi called for jihad in Syria after fighters from Shi’ite Lebanese group Hezbollah intervened to help President Bashar al-Assad, in a move which stoked sectarian tensions.

Shi’ite Iran, a close ally of Assad and backer of Hezbollah, has accused Arab and Western states of fomenting terrorism in Syria by arming rebels caught up in the two-year-old revolt.

“There were steps and fatwas from clerics like Mr Qaradawi, these fatwas escalate and encourage apostasy and radicalism in the region,” Hossein Amir Abdollahian, Iranian Deputy Minister for Arab and Foreign Affairs, told reporters in Kuwait.

The Syrian conflict is widening a divide in the Middle East between the two main denominations of Islam.

Kuwait, which lies across the Gulf from Iran, has voiced concern that the Syrian crisis is heightening sectarian tension and becoming a battlefield for regional powers.

Abdollahian said radicals in Syria have been attacking all sects and creating rifts between communities. He called for a political solution to the crisis which has killed more than 90,000 people.

Abdollahian, who was in the Gulf Arab state to meet with Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah, denied that Iran was giving military aid to the Syrian army.

“We give economic, political and media support to Syria,” he said. Hezbollah was involved only to protect the Lebanese-Syrian border and to shield Lebanese living in Syria from violence, he said.

(Reporting by Sylvia Westall and Mahmoud Harby; Editing by Michael Roddy)

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We know the answer to that one:
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A convenient war also takes everyone’s mind off the NSA, IRS, DOJ, and other scandals confronting the Obama regime.

Gray Falcon: There They Go Again

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Just two days ago, Leon Hadar wondered if Samantha Power’s appointment to the UN meant war in Syria.

Convenient warmaking for political damage control is Samantha Power’s stock in trade. That’s what “responsibility to protect” (R2P) is all about. But somehow there’s never a responsibility to protect Christians from Muslims.

Sure enough, the Emperor announced today that the Empire would intervene in Syria, because the government had (allegedly) used chemical weapons against the rebels, thus crossing Washington’s arbitrary “red line.”

This presumably has nothing to do with the Assad government winning the war, or Obama being taunted by Bill Clinton. Or the IRS and NSA scandals. Nothing to see here, move along. Right?

According to the mainstream media, Washington is considering “arming the rebels” and establishing a “no-fly zone.” Except there has already been a massive gunrunning effort, via Croatia and Jordan, earlier this year.

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