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Iraq Unrest Not Shia-Sunni

By Anthony Mathew Jacob

12 August, 2014

The Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists ISIS have shattered countless lives in the Middle East but the western media wants us to believe that it is a sectarian conflict between the Sunnis and the Shias. According to them, the Sunnis have rebelled against the Shia regime of Nouri Al-Malliki. Thankfully, after more than two years of merciless bloodshed in Syria and now in Iraq, Washington has realized that they are a serious threat to peace in the Middle East and now they have come to Iraq to bring back the same peace they brought to Iraq in 2003.

The current bloodbath in Iraq has its roots in the 2003 invasion by the coalition forces. Under the false pretext of Weapons of Mass Destruction an entire nation’s population was destroyed leaving millions dead, maimed and displaced. Whatever is said about the damages, it is difficult to assess the damage in terms of money alone, for no amount of money can buy a loving mother, a caring father and adorable children. For almost a decade Baghdad was destroyed and its wealth was looted in the name of humanitarian intervention. Today’s Iraq is reaping the seeds of destruction and terrorism sown by the United States of America and its allies in the 2003 invasion.

Is it the Shias against Sunnis?

Firstly, the terrorists fighting in Iraq are those belonging to so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’ (ISIS), the very terrorist faction that created a havoc in Syria. The ISIS consists of foreigners from European, Arab and some Asian countries whose only aim is to destabilize the targeted nations and topple existing governments. The ISIS terrorists belong to the extremist Wahhabi ideology that labels all other Muslims as infidels and considers it lawful to shed their blood. When this is what they think about Muslims one can very well imagine their viewpoints about Non-Muslims.

Their beliefs are in direct contradiction with the Holy Quran which says: "….whoever slays a soul, unless it be for manslaughter or for mischief in the land, it is as though he slew all men; and whoever keeps it alive, it is as though he kept alive all men; and certainly Our messengers came to them with clear arguments, but even after that many of them certainly act extravagantly in the land.” (5:32)

These terrorists are neither Shias nor Sunni rebels (as the western media refers to them). They are ruthless killers trained, funded and supported by Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and their western masters.

Negative propaganda about the current regime and lies about Sunni rebellion

Another major propaganda that is going around in sections of the media is that the current Iraqi government of Nouri Al-Maliki has been oppressing the Sunni population just like the former dictator Saddam Husain oppressed the Shias. Therefore the Sunni Muslims have rebelled against the current regime. This is the same blatant lie that was also used against Bashar Al-Assad. However, the recent Syrian presidential elections which re-elected Al-Asad, shattered this propaganda.

Furthermore, if this is a rebellion of Sunnis against the Iraqi regime why are foreigners fighting in Iraq?

According to Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop around 150 Australians are fighting in Syria and Iraq. Also, William Hague, British Foreign Secretary estimates the number of British Nationals fighting in Syria and Iraq to more than 400. According to estimates, there are around thousands of terrorists of foreign nationality fighting in Syria and Iraq who call themselves ISIS.

It is no secret that foreign fighters are funded, trained and sent to Iraq and Syria to destabilize these governments and prepare for a regime change. An undeniable fact is that these terrorists are being sponsored by Saudis and Qataris under the guidance of their western masters especially Washington. An article in Daily Telegraph on June 12, 2014 said that “through allies such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the West [has] supported militant rebel groups which have since mutated into ISIS and other Al‑Qaeda connected militias.”

The fact of the matter is that the ISIS are fighting Washington’s and Riyadh’s proxy war in Syria and Iraq under the garb of Islam and the western media is portraying it as a Sunni led rebellion. Moreover the ISIS terrorists have forced thousands of Iraqi Christians to flee their homes and threatened to kill them if they don't. If this is indeed a Sunni rebellion why would they attack the Christians in Syria and Iraq? Similarly they have killed hundreds of Sunni clerics in Iraq, thereby proving that they are neither Sunnis nor Shias.

Motives behind the unrest: Breaking up and weakening Iraq

The main agenda of the western puppeteers is to weaken the resistance against Washington and Tel Aviv in the Middle East and this is done through their puppet rulers in the Middle East and their illegitimate children like ISIS. Civil war has always been an important tool to break up sovereign nations and divide the resistance movements against hegemonic powers. Sudan is the latest victim of civil war that ended up in the formation of South Sudan recently.

Regime change

Another important motive of this well planned and carefully executed move is to attempt a regime change in Iraq just like neighboring Syria, where the plan failed miserably. Furthermore, a regime change in Iraq is aimed at weakening Iran's strength as a strong player in Middle East politics. Both Iraq and Syria are strong allies of Iran and therefore are at loggerheads with the Zionist entity and its western sympathizers. Any blow to Iraqi or Syrian security and peace is a direct threat to Iran. Therefore, peace and stability in Iraq is extremely important for Iran as well as the entire region.

Shia-Sunni divide

The brutal killings of Iraqis are portrayed as sectarian conflict to divide these two great Islamic schools of thought. Any rift between these two groups will naturally spill out to other countries in the Middle East and engulf the entire world in no time. If this happens, the beneficiaries will be those who have been plundering the wealth of the Muslims for centuries. Be it the western hegemonic powers or their loyal Royal Families in the Middle East, their agenda is to divide, conquer and rule. Most Muslims in Iraq, Syria and throughout the world have realized the sinister plots of their enemies, but many are still unaware of these plots and fall prey to propaganda. It is high time the Muslims open their eyes and put aside their differences and unite.

Prominent Muslim scholars and leaders like Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenaei of Iran, Grand Ayatollah Sistani of Iraq and Dr. Ahmad Tayyeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University, Egypt have always called on the Muslims to keep aside their differences and unite against the enemies. The current situation in Iraq, Syria and throughout the world should make the Muslims reflect on a beautiful verse from the Holy Quran:

“And hold fast by the covenant of Allah all together and be not disunited, and remember the favor of Allah on you when you were enemies, then He united your hearts so by His favor you became brethren; and you were on the brink of a pit of fire, then He saved you from it, thus does Allah make clear to you His communications that you may follow the right way.” (3:103)

Anthony Mathew Jacob is a scriptwriter for India based Channel WIN. He writes on the Middle East, his articles have been published in Press TV and Tehran Times among others.Email: anthony_jacob3@yahoo.com



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