Attempt To Uproot Sunniarab Influence A by Kechichian Joseph A.
In the aftermath of popular uprisings that unleashed the quest for freedom Arab governments scrambled to limit sectarian divisions though much of these efforts came to naught. Regrettably weak governments fell into carefully laid traps aimed to divide and rule. Protracted wars further destroyed Arab wealth and cohesiveness and Sunni communities saw their power bases marginalized. On cue and predicted by some commentators extremist movements like the so-called Islamic State emerged targeting Sunnis with extreme violence. In 2014 Nabil Khalife an established Lebanese thinker published a widely praised thesis that identified the root causes of renewed sectarian tensions at a time when confrontations polarized awakened Arab societies. Based on an extensive discussion of the 1979 Iranian Revolution that toppled the Shah Khalife advanced the notion that the revolution was not Islamic but an Iranian-Shiah rebellion that ended the Pahlavi military monarchy and that the post-2011 SunniShiah struggle was planned by leading Western powers including Russia to preserve Israel and impose the latters acceptance in the Middle East as a natural element. In this translation of Istihdaf Ahl al-Sunna Targeting Sunnis Joseph A. Kechichian analyses the fundamental questions raised by the author to better place the current sectarian collision in a geo-strategic global perspective. Based on the books avowals of how the worlds three monotheistic religions perceive each other and Political Sunnism Kechichian assesses Henry Kissingers famous appellation of the Middle World that houses significant and indispensable oil resources and why that allegedly makes it Political Sunnism dangerous. In a comprehensive introduction to the translation he describes various initiatives that led global powers to check the undeniable force of Political Sunnism.