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  •  Ah yes (0+ / 0-)

    A mistake on my part because I copied Hersch's statements on this very issue ( this astute article of yours says this and I let him talk me out of what I already knew.   With Hersch you always have to double check)

    Long story short though the idea of some monolithic clash is ridiculously oversimplified. Consider for example the tensions between Al Qaeda and Saudi Arabia.  The fact that Hersch got this fact wrong just deepens my point that Hersch is not to be believed

    •  Where did you get that idea from? (0+ / 0-)

      From your comments it is obvious you didn't even read Hersch's article.

      A mistake on my part because I copied Hersch's statements on this very issue ( this astute article of yours says this and I let him talk me out of what I already knew.   With Hersch you always have to double check)
      Hersch said Syria's Sunni majority is dominated by the Alawi sect and this is a cause for concern. Can it be any clearer?
      Long story short though the idea of some monolithic clash is ridiculously oversimplified.
      Hersch has stated that it was very complicated
      The Redirection:

      Martin Indyk, a senior State Department official in the Clinton Administration who also served as Ambassador to Israel, said that “the Middle East is heading into a serious Sunni-Shiite Cold War.” Indyk, who is the director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, added that, in his opinion, it was not clear whether the White House was fully aware of the strategic implications of its new policy. “The White House is not just doubling the bet in Iraq,” he said. “It’s doubling the bet across the region. This could get very complicated. Everything is upside down.”

      Consider for example the tensions between Al Qaeda and Saudi Arabia.  The fact that Hersch got this fact wrong just deepens my point that Hersch is not to be believed
      What are you talking about here? There have always been tensions between Al Qaeda and Saudi Arabia from the Gulf War right up to today. The Saudis used them as a tool in foreign conflicts such as Afghanistan. The takfiri jihadist Al Qaeda will come back to bite them, just as it did to the US in 9/11 and Iraq.

      You really need to read the article. Your statements are completely wrong.

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