June 5, 2013
WE ALREADY CHOSE OUR SIDE:
The Muslim Civil War : Standing by while the Sunnis and Shiites fight it out invites disaster. (BRET STEPHENS, 6/03/2013, WSJ)
Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the prominent Sunni cleric, said Friday that Hezbollah and Iran are "more infidel than Jews and Christians." Coming from the guy who once lauded Hitler for exacting "divine punishment" on the Jews, that really is saying something.That the war in Syria is sectarian was obvious almost from the start, despite the credulous belief that Bashar Assad ran a nonsectarian regime. That a sectarian ruling minority fighting for its life would not fold easily was obvious within months, despite happy guarantees that the regime's downfall would come within weeks. That a sectarian war in Syria would stir similar religious furies in Iraq and Lebanon was obvious more than a year ago, despite wishful administration thinking that staying out of Syria would contain the war to Syria alone.What should be obvious today is that we are at the dawn of a much wider Shiite-Sunni war, the one that nearly materialized in Iraq in 2006 but didn't because the U.S. was there, militarily and diplomatically, to stop it.
In a Middle East where the Shi'a were an oppressed majority, we triggered the civil war by insisting on democracy and replacing anti-democratic regimes across the Shi'a Crescent.Posted by Orrin Judd at June 5, 2013 8:47 PM