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I posted a comment in January of 2007, right after the newly appointed Shiia regime hanged Saddam Hussain. I find the pundits reaction of surprise in the way things have turned out in that region to be quite puzzling and amusing at the same time.

We have sealed the fate of Iraq with this last attrocity. Secular Baathists have been deprived of a leading figure, with the Baathist in disarray more of the Sunni energy will go into Al-Qaeda like organizations. Saudi's will step into help the Wahabi Sunnis and the Iranians will increase their influence. But the US will be pulling both strings, Saudis can not sneeze without the US's knowledge and the Shiias depend on the US for protection. If Iran is going to support the Shiias in Iraq, they will have to do it with the US's knowledge. It's the old Iran-Iraq war all over. We provided chemical weapon and intelligence to Iraq and sent missiles and rockets to Iran through Israel. Iraq will be the ground where US will play a game of chess with the Saudi and Iranian pieces. We'll control the strategic, economic, and political strings of the region, we'll control the friend and the enemy..... There is no other way to transfer the Saudi, Iraqi, and Iranian money to the coffers of the MIC(military industrial complex) than a civil war in Iraq. There is no faster way of transferring the wealth of middle class to the super rich but an endless war, and there is no other way of controling a fearful population but a endless string of bogeymen. We created and killed Zarqawi and Saddam and we will create and kill a many more before we are done with this twisted dance of death.

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  •  You seem too optimistic... (0+ / 0-)

    "we will create and kill a many more before we are done with this twisted dance of death"...

    Hint:  It's not going to end.  Last time, as pointed out by Jon Stewart, who I disagree with a lot with his political views, but he did mention a few weeks ago, in a humorous context, that the last time the Sunnis and Shi'ias got along in one political entity in what is now Iraq, prior to Saddam was back in the 50's.....950 to be exact...LOL!

    •  Stewart is not too much of a historian (4+ / 0-)
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      as I would think the Ottomans did a fairly decent job of reducing religious tensions during their tenure of 1536-1918.
      http://www.cemml.colostate.edu/...

      Before that, Baghdad was a cultural center for some 4 centuries before being sacked by the Mongols in 1258.  Hulagu Khan's mother was a Nestorian Christian and so he was friendly to Christianity though he considered himself a Buddhist.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/...  

      1401 Tamerlane sacked Baghdad.  His religion is a bit of a puzzle since it appears he incorporated various practices and beliefs from both the Shia' and Sufi into extant forms of Folk Islam.  http://www.silk-road.com/...
       His official religious counselor was the Hanafite scholar Abd alJabbar Khwarazmi; Timur avowed himself the disciple of Sayyid Baraka.  http://en.wikipedia.org/...

      http://www.vox.com/...
      However, the West requires a narrative of extensive religious wars in the region in order to promote its own goals and so we see references to an ongoing sectarian war reaching back centuries though, despite some sporadic localized violence, it appears the current mess can be traced back to the end of the Ottoman Empire and the triumphant allies carving up the region into zones of influence  

      •  Living on the crossroads of empires is not easy (1+ / 0-)
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        These are people who live on the crossroads of empirical armies. Whether it was ancient Rome or modern day Cold War II, they are the ones caught in the wheels of chariots and tanks. Their lives are controlled by corrupt and ruthless local agents on the ground and reaper drones and spy satellites up above.  After all, it was our hero Winston Churchill who thought that with poison gas bombs dropped from airplanes Britain could control the entire Arabia. Empires have interests but no conscience.

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