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Why not take advantage of the Sunnis / Shiites divide

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Submitted by Haim Belisowski (United States), Apr 7, 2007 at 22:40

I commend Mr. Pipes for the relentless battle he is waging and for raising the awareness in the West to the dangers of radical Islam. Unfortunately he, as well as American war strategists in Iraq, don't fully appreciate the deep divide between Sunnis and Shiites, and how to use this to the advantage of the West.

In Iraq, the main war is not against the US. It is a proxy battle field between Sunnis and Shiites. Iran is directing the Shiites' side, while Sunnis pour in through Syria from the Arab world to keep the Shiites in check. The American troops only represent convenient targets as a bonus for both sides.

The best strategy for the US is to redeploy all its troops to the Kurdish area, to protect them for the coming battle, and let the Sunnis and Shiites fight it out. This would be a Moslem global war that at its end will largely solve the problem for the West with very few losses to the West.

(It's baffling why the US is trying to maintain Iraq as a single country. It was artificially created after WWI by the British, and it was meant to be unstable so the British could rule it -"divide and conquer").

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