Tuesday, June 5, 2012

"Arabists" Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul

Respectively, they call into question the neocons' latest call for war — Syria's Insurrection Is Not America's War and War Drums for Syria? — while the former reminds us that "the 'Pat Buchanan/Ron Paul type' of Republican has been purged" and by whom — How Bill Kristol Purged the Arabists.

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Blogger Pints in NYC said...

And meanwhile the GOP is left with fools like McCain, who want to go to war in the Middle East but can't tell the difference between a Sunni and a Shia.

EVERYTHING in Syria (and Bahrain, and Iraq, and even Saudi Arabia) is about the age-old Sunni vs Shia (eschatological) battle.

Not my war, so leave me out of it!

References:

1) Fool McCain doesn't know the difference between a Sunni or Shia, but wants to bomb anyway:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkfM7z0-Vdg

2) Fool McCain sings "Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-zoPgv_nYg

3) Worthwhile read about what's been really going on in the Middle East lately: Vali Nasr's "Shia Revival"
http://www.amazon.com/The-Shia-Revival-Conflicts-within/dp/0393062112

June 5, 2012 at 11:29 PM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

Yep. I even see it with my Saudi students.

June 6, 2012 at 9:16 PM  
Blogger Francis-Xavier said...

The Saudis arguing that this is a Sunni - Shi'ite thing is like Republicans telling poor women they have to vote Republican because Democrats are for abortion, even though they well know that centrist Republicans will never accept a ban on abortion.

In the 1960s and 70s, the Emir of Bahrain was having problems with his Sunni subjects, who, via Sunni-ran Iraq, were getting stupid Socialist ideas such as that the oil should belong to all the people and not just the royal family (though it's fair to say that many of the royal families, perhaps the Saudis excepted, did extremely well by their subjects.

His solution was to get on the phone with the Shah of Iran, never mind that the Shah claimed that Bahrain belonged to him, and to purchase thousands of subjects, preferably of low cognitive ability, whom he imported to Bahrain and gave Bahraini citizenship. Their children and grandchildren, who always kept separate from the original inhabitants, won't accept the jobs that guestworkers from nearby countries will do, and rarely have the education to do other jobs. Like the supporters of Jesse Jackson, though perhaps with a bit more legitimacy, as foreigners are taking their jobs, they believe the answer to their unwillingness to take the jobs on offer is to demonstrate.

In other words Shi'a countries = countries in which the oil wealth is shared democratically and / or which refuse to relinquish water sources to Israel (Syria.) Sunni countries = countries run by royal families, who in one case, Jordan, de facto ceded land to Israel.

By this metric, one could argue that Alaska is Shi'a, and Texas, with its meet-rarely, do-nothing legislature is Sunni.

June 9, 2012 at 6:38 PM  

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