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Large Scale hypocrisy, violence and brutality in parts of the Muslim world

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Submitted by Bruce Josloff (United States), Sep 26, 2006 at 12:47

What I find equally hypocritical, insofar as muslim protest and agitation, is the degree of hateful propaganda that has been directed by Muslim Sunni leaders and clerics against their Muslim Shia minorities throughout the middle east and Central Asia.

This has been systematic for several centuries and Sunni clerics have successfully supresed Shia religious and communal life in varying degrees throughout the Arab world. Shia are depicted in both print as despoilers of Islam and in some instances, worse than Jews and Christians. They are dismissed as polytheists and heretics and, no less, stooges of the West.

They have been and are being repeatedly massacred in Iraq, and yet the American and European media persistently failed to underscore that the level of violence is largely being perpetrated by Sunni extremists against Shia men, women, and children in their bazaars and mosques as a result of the emergence and assertion of Shia majority rights in Iraq. This after years of large scale violence directed at them by Sadaam with the silent complicity of the Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan, all Sunni dominated States.


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