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Submitted by Sword of Islam (United Kingdom), Mar 3, 2006 at 15:13

Despite having such a large Muslim population, Iraq has never been regarded as being anything other than a 'secular' state in the same way as others in the region. Religion was only brought into the equation by Saddam Hussein when he was trying to galvanise support from the Muslim world as a whole to prevent the invasion of Iraq during the first Gulf War.

This was the first time that he was ever heard to even mention Palestine and you will remember the attacks on Israel - deliberately calculated to splinter the said coalition. Unfortunately, this tactic worked very effectively as the coalition only mandated the liberation of Kuwait and stopped short of invading Iraq. I don't think that anybody would dream of citing him as a devout Muslim. It is only now that Iraq has the opportunity to become an 'Islamic' country which is rather ironic given the circumstances and the reaction!

Iran is probably the best example of a Sha'ria state, then there is Sudan, parts of Nigeria, Libya. I've never been to any of them for good reason!


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