Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ratcheted Rivalry

The Religious Roots of Iran's Rivalry With Saudi Arabia - Washington Post 10/13/11

The Shiite/Sunni conflict within Islam is ramping up with the recent uncovering of the plot by Iranian operatives to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington, D.C. It is a longstanding conflict between the two nations, but has much deeper roots in the sectarian beliefs of the two main versions of Islam. This article sheds a little light on the background of the conflict, but it bascially boils down to a power struggle to prove that their version of the faith is the correct one and that each speaks for the islamic world as a whole. It is a dangerous game that is playing with the lives of millions of people in the middle east, a cold war all in the name of religon.

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