2014 June 27 Friday
Shiites Rights Matter Less To US Government Compared To Sunnis
Why US policy on Iraq and Syria can not make sense: The Middle East has far more Sunnis than Shiites. The US government wants to maintain friendly relations with the various Sunni-ruled governments. So the US will always favor Sunni interests over Shiite interests, all else equal.
The Obama Administration wants to replace Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki with a more Sunni-friendly PM as part of a hopeless quest to placate the Sunnis. By contrast, you can count on the US government to say little against the Sunni minority that rules Bahrain or about how Shiites in Saudi Arabia (who are a majority where the Saudis have oil) are totally excluded from power .John Kerry and Barack Obama want to get more Sunnis into the Iraqi government. But Shiites living under Sunni governments aren't recognized as having legitimate grievances.
Christians in the Middle East are in worse shape. The formerly Christian countries of Europe and North America do not give a damn about Middle Eastern Christians.
Since minorities in the Middle East are going to be so shabbily treated I am in favor of their seceding from the dominant peoples and forming their own countries.
By Randall Parker at 2014 June 27 08:51 PM
We invaded Iraq to end Sunni dominance. Are we going to invade it again to end Shiite dominance? Are our elites totally brain-dead or do they have some Machiavellian scheme in mind?
Down here in southwest Iowa Friday night karaoke at the local bar featured a string of 3 songs sung by obese -- and no I don't mean merely morbidly obese -- I mean "OMFG" obese girls about exploiting if not killing men. The first was "Gunpowder and Lead" The next was "Hell on Heels" and the third was "Goodbye Earl". I really pity the young men that frequent these bars. Some of these guys are vets back from the middle East and this is their homecoming serenade. The Sunnis pray for this kind of evangelism and Allah grants it.
At this point, it isn't clear why any male in the world wouldn't throw down their guns and run if pitted by erocidal dysgenic elites against the Sunnis.
In retrospect, Saddam Hussein doesn't look so bad. He was a secular Sunni who brutally repressed the Iraqi Shias and, with lots of help from the US and her allies, fought the Iranians to a draw in a brutal eight year war that sent over a million Middle Easterners to meet Allah. Plus, he came down hard on the Sunni religious fanatics/terrorists such as Al-Qaeda. What's not to like? Why did we get rid of him, exactly? Can we ger him back?