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Secterianism vs.Nationalism & Religius Reformation in the Middle East

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Submitted by Ludvikus (United States), Jun 25, 2014 at 10:32

Dear Daniel Pipes,

As you know, Europe had its Protestant Reformation a long time ago. In that context the Sunni and Shia'a haven't yet learned "how to get along." And Uncle Sam cannot do it for them. Unless the USA is willing to have the Oil of Iraq pay for the almost 2 Trillion Dollar debt our war has incurred, I don't think we should interfere in this struggle which can probably only resolve itself when a Balance of Powers in the region takes hold.

On another level, journalist and other Western experts keep talking about Secterianism. This is like a Racist term. When Europeans struggled in the 19th Century to manifest their Irredentist dreams, it was Christened Nationalism. But when Arabs and Kurds do it, it's called Secterianism.

Ironically, these people deserve this almost divine retribution - to the extent that they refuse to recognize Zionism as the Nationalism and Irredentism of the Jewish People; the world generally is unable to appreciate that Jewish doesn't only mean Religion; it also means a Nationality - the way Kurds are a Nation, but also Muslim by Religion.

It would be good, I think, if you updated us on the Forum regarding the kurds, and their dream of a Greater Kurdistant, and that there is no longer a Strategic interest in appeasing current Islamist Turkey under the rule of Quasi-Caliph Erdogan.

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