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How the Sunni-Shia Schism is Dividing the World

 

The unprecedented Saudi refusal to take up its Security Council seat is not just about Syria but a response to the Iranian threat

By Robert Fisk

October 24, 2013 The Independent” – -  The Muslim world’s historic – and deeply tragic – chasm between Sunni and Shia Islam is having worldwide repercussions. Syria’s civil war, America’s craven alliance with the Sunni Gulf autocracies, and Sunni (as well as Israeli) suspicions of Shia Iran are affecting even the work of the United Nations.

Saudi Arabia’s petulant refusal last week to take its place among non-voting members of the Security Council, an unprecedented step by any UN member, was intended to express the dictatorial monarchy’s displeasure with Washington’s refusal to bomb Syria after the use of chemical weapons in Damascus – but it also represented Saudi fears that Barack Obama might respond to Iranian overtures for better relations with the West.

The Saudi head of intelligence, Prince Bandar bin Sultan – a true buddy of President George W Bush during his 22 years as ambassador in Washington – has now rattled his tin drum to warn the Americans that Saudi Arabia will make a “major shift” in its relations with the US, not just because of its failure to attack Syria but for its inability to produce a fair Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement.

What this “major shift” might be – save for the usual Saudi hot air about its independence from US foreign policy – was a secret that the prince kept to himself.

Israel, of course, never loses an opportunity to publicise – quite accurately – how closely many of its Middle East policies now coincide with those of the wealthy potentates of the Arab Gulf. 

Hatred of the Shia/Alawite Syrian regime, an unquenchable suspicion of Shia Iran’s nuclear plans and a general fear of Shia expansion is turning the unelected Sunni Arab monarchies into proxy allies of the Israeli state they have often sworn to destroy. Hardly, one imagines, the kind of notion that Prince Bandar wishes to publicise.

Furthermore, America’s latest contribution to Middle East “peace” could be the sale of $10.8bn worth of missiles and arms to Sunni Saudi Arabia and the equally Sunni United Arab Emirates, including GBU-39 bombs – the weapons cutely called “bunker-busters” – which they could use against Shia Iran. Israel, of course, possesses the very same armaments.

Whether the hapless Mr Kerry – whose risible promise of an “unbelievably small” attack on Syria made him the laughing stock of the Middle East – understands the degree to which he is committing his country to the Sunni side in Islam’s oldest conflict is the subject of much debate in the Arab world. His response to the Saudi refusal to take its place in the UN Security Council has been almost as weird.

After lunch on Monday at the Paris home of the Saudi Foreign Minister, Saud al-Faisal, Kerry – via his usual anonymous officials – said that he valued the autocracy’s leadership in the region, shared Riyadh’s desire to de-nuclearise Iran and to bring an end to the Syrian war.  But Kerry’s insistence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his regime must abandon power means that a Sunni government would take over Syria; and his wish to disarm Shia Iran – however notional its nuclear threat may be – would ensure that Sunni military power would dominate the Middle East from the Afghan border to the Mediterranean.

Few realise that Yemen constitutes another of the Saudi-Iranian battlegrounds in the region.

Saudi enthusiasm for Salafist groups in Yemen – including the Islah party, which is allegedly funded by Qatar, though it denies receiving any external support – is one reason why the post-Saleh regime in Sanaa has been supporting the Zaidi Shia Houthi “rebels” whose home provinces of Sa’adah, al Jawf and Hajja border Saudi Arabia. The Houthis are – according to the Sunni Saudis – supported by Iran.

The minority Sunni monarchy in Bahrain – supported by the Saudis and of course by the compliant governments of the US, Britain, et al – is likewise accusing Shia Iran of colluding with the island’s majority Shias. Oddly, Prince Bandar, in his comments, claimed that Barack Obama had failed to support Saudi policy in Bahrain – which involved sending its own troops into the island to help repress Shia demonstrators in 2011 – when in fact America’s silence over the regime’s paramilitary violence was the nearest Washington could go in offering its backing to the Sunni minority and his Royal Highness the King of Bahrain.

All in all, then, a mighty Western love affair with Sunni Islam – a love that very definitely cannot speak its name in an Arab Gulf world in which “democracy”, “moderation”, “partnership” and outright dictatorship are interchangeable – which neither Washington nor London nor Paris (nor indeed Moscow or Beijing) will acknowledge. But, needless to say, there are a few irritating – and incongruous – ripples in this mutual passion.

The Saudis, for example, blame Obama for allowing Egypt’s decadent Hosni Mubarak to be overthrown. They blame the Americans for supporting the elected Muslim Brother Mohamed Morsi as president – elections not being terribly popular in the Gulf – and the Saudis are now throwing cash at Egypt’s new military regime. Assad in Damascus also offered his congratulations to the Egyptian military. Was the Egyptian army not, after all – like Assad himself – trying to prevent religious extremists from taking power?

Fair enough – providing we remember that the Saudis are really supporting the Egyptian Salafists who cynically gave their loyalty to the Egyptian military, and that Saudi-financed Salafists are among the fiercest opponents of Assad.

Thankfully for Kerry and his European mates, the absence of any institutional memory in the State Department, Foreign Office or Quai d’Orsay means that no one need remember that 15 of the 19 mass-killers of 9/11 were also Salafists and – let us above all, please God, forget this – were all Sunni citizens of Saudi Arabia.

source: independent.co.uk

 

How the Sunni-Shia Schism is Dividing the World

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Surprise! UN Report on Syria Does Not Say What John Kerry Says it Said! Full Report Here


Originally posted on the real SyrianFreePress Network:

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Secretary Kerry Stretches his face…
…as he stretches the truth !

Surprise! John Kerry Lied (again), when he made claims that the UN Report “confirms” the Syrian Government carried out the chemical weapons attack August 21, 2013 in Syria. Like I said before, Secretary of State is working his hardest to get as many people to believe these false claims as possible. Him and McCains problem is, there is now video footage taken off a dead terrorists cell phone showing Kerry and McCains terrorists actually carrying out that exact bombing that exact night.

Do to the availability of hard core proof on the internet of “WHO” exactly carried out the attack is NOT in question. The question of “WHY” these 2 men (Kerry & McCain), want to keep lying to the world and supporting terrorism in Syria. Perhaps to further a pipeline from Saudi to the Mediterranean Sea? Perhaps to control…

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Assad’s Regime Supporter was Beheaded In Front Of Children By FSA Terrorist


Assad‘s Regime Supporter was Beheaded In Front Of Children By FSA Terrorist

 

By Nick Enoch,Daily Mail

Beheaded in front of children, Assad’s Supporters are dragged to their doom and butchered like animals in some of the most brutal scenes to emerge from Syria’s civil war

The sword rests briefly on his neck as a blindfolded man kneels under a clear blue sky.

Moments later, the executioner raises his right arm, slashes downwards and the prisoner is dead.

The whole barbaric episode is watched by a crowd of jeering men, many of them armed.

And sitting on a low wall only a few feet from where the wretched captive died so violently is a line of young boys.

They were still there as the dead man’s head was dumped on his body. Another child, even younger, was led by the hand past the corpse.

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As a cheering crowd of fighters look on, an executioner – believed to belong to the Al Qaeda-linked faction ISIS – lines up his sword in a practice run before delivering the final blow

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A Syrian boy is held by the hand as he walks past the body of a beheaded Islamic militant loyal to Assad. An unnamed photojournalist was given rare access to the public execution in the town of Keferghan in the north of the country

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A group of young children sit on a wall as they stare at the dead body

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The severed head of a militant is held aloft. The photographer witnessed four public executions on August 31

The public execution was the last of four that took place on August 31 in the town of Keferghan in the north of the country.

The picture forms part of a set taken by a photojournalist – whose identity has not been revealed in order to protect him – who was given unprecedented access to the gruesome proceedings.

Among the other photos are an executioner lining up his sword before delivering the final blow as his victim kneels in the village square – and a victim’s head being held aloft by a jubilant fighter.

source: banoosh.com

 

Another War for Israel — Featuring America’s Newest Allies: al Qaida


Another War for Israel — Featuring America’s Newest Allies: al Qaida

Those wonderful people who brought you The Big Mac, Mom’s apple Pie, Burger King and Kentucky Fried People are at it again. And all because Binyamin Netanyahu was able to tell his partner in war crimes, just what he needed to hear: The absolutely, without question, no doubt at all genuine, 100% verifiable true information, obtained by the Israeli Mossad (Motto: By Way Of Deception, Thou Shalt Do War) that Bashar al Assad was guilty of gassing his own people, in a situation where the Syrian leader knew that the United States navy was poised on his own doorstep to take action if he did anything so stupid as to gas his own people.

Also, compelling circumstantial evidence that Israel may well have been complicit in the 9/11 attacks on the United States and that seven Middle Eastern countries were on America’s hit list long before 9/11.

source: Anthony Lawson

 

Meet Prince Bandar bin Sultan, ‘the hidden hand’ of chemical attack in Syria


Meet Prince Bandar bin Sultan, ‘the hidden hand’ of chemical attack in Syria

In the Syrian conflict Saudi intelligence played a prominent role to undermine the support that today has Damascus. The last attack with chemical weapons could be a work planned for Riyadh to force an intervention in Syria.

As reported by  Dale Gavlak , correspondent for the Associated Press who interviewed many residents of Guta, chemical weapons were in the hands of the rebels and were supplied by Saudi Arabia.

Information published by ‘Mint Press News’ indicates that one of the “authors” intellectuals etching was Prince Bandar bin Sultan, one of the most influential representatives of the House of Saud and the Secretary General of the National Security Council Saudi Arabia.

As the Spanish newspaper ‘Público’ , more than a dozen rebels reported receiving their salaries regularly and Islamists Saudi Arabia Bandar familiarly known by the affectionate nickname of ‘Al Habib’, meaning ‘beloved’.

‘Bin Bandar Bush’ and Syria

For 22 years, between 1983 and 2005, Bandar bin Sultan served as Saudi Arabia’s ambassador in the U.S., and from this time remains very strong relationships with the American political class, first with the Bush family, so in some of the media is known as ‘Bandar bin Bush’.

As the daily ‘Democracy Now ‘, during his diplomatic career Bandar bin Sultan was linked to the supply of arms to the mujahideen who fought against Soviet troops in Afghanistan, the Contras in Nicaragua groups and Chechen terrorists.  According to Bob Woodward, the reporter from The Washington Post, in January 2002 the U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Vice President George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Chief of the Joint Chiefs, General Richard Myers, is gathered in the office of Cheney with Prince Bandar to discuss plans for the attack on Iraq. 

What is the Saudi interests in Syria?

For countries such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the Arab spring offered a historic opportunity to change the disposition of forces in the region and become the leaders of the Arab world. In this context, governments who dared to make a regional and international politics relatively independent, such as Libya, Syria or Iran hindered this process and should be “trained”. A political interests are added purely economic issues related to the development of gas and oil pipelines from Qatar and Saudi Arabia on the Syrian and the inability to realize these projects under the current government of Damascus.

The attack on Syria is also determined by its relations with Iran. “The war between Israel and Iran can still be avoided, they have nothing to discuss. But war with Saudi Arabia is inevitable to clarify who plays the lead role in the Persian Gulf? Who plays the lead role in the Islamic world? The ancient war between Shiites and Sunnis, lasting more than 1,300 years, extremely aggravated. The beachhead for this war are Yemen, Lebanon, Bahasa, the eastern province of Saudi Arabia, Iraq and, finally, Syria “explains  E. Satanovsky , president of the Middle East Institute of the Academy of Sciences of Russia.

Military capability Syrian Army forces them to choose means “unconventional” to achieve their interests, such as financial and military support to armed groups opposed to the legitimate government.

The interests of Saudi Arabia in the Syrian conflict are synchronized with the U.S. and Qatar in the region, and for these countries the removal of Bashar al Assad is an undisputed issue. The change in leadership in Syria will mean the fall of the last government was secular in the Middle East after the Arab Spring, and the automatic expansion of Saudi influence in this country, as had happened with Oman. According to the logic of Bandar bin Sultan, Riyadh expects to fully control the next government in Damascus, “because with money buys everything”. 

source: actualidad.rt.com