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Alawi or not to be

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Submitted by Cuma (Canada), Sep 8, 2013 at 23:34

Listen man, I am a man (at least last time I checked). Why all the labeling and formatting? I was born an Alawi, I have not prayed or followed any religious practices or holidays for over 30 years, how could I call myself a believer? On the other hand I don't steal, cheat nor would I ever harm another human beiing does that really make me a lesser person? I said I am an atheist because I don't believe in the Alawi religion, I still believe that there is a creator, a divine being.

As for Alawi women, of course they are repressed. Just like the rest of the Women in the Middle East. They don't wear a veil but, that it pretty much it. All the cultures in the Middle East are dominated by selfish, egocentric and greedy men. Men that can not compromise and rather kill their own people and themseves instead of calling for peace. These people are incapable of sharing resources. Europe only calmed down after centuries of bloodshed, religious first and then nationalist. Only after world war 2 did the western powers realize that non of them can have it all to themselves. And today we are withessing the beginning of the 30 year war of the Middle East. Syria is only the start. Soon there will be a Union of all Shias against all Sunnis. Iraq (mostly Shia) alligning with the Alawites of Syria and Lebanon (mostly Shia). Iran (non-arab) the Shia power will join as soon as Saudi Arabia, the Sunni Power has joined. And there you have it, the 30 year war of the Middle East.

As for Turkey, I think it will stay out of it and only continue to provide support without full scale intervention. Turkey has come to far West to ever go back. Ataturks revolution defines the Turkish people. It would be mostly beneficial for all Middle Eastern states to become as secular as Turkey has. And I am sure, just like the Europeans learned the Arabs will come more peaceful and tolerant out of this.

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