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  •  Prince Bandar's prediction coming true (2+ / 0-)
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    maregug, Incredulousinusa
    Some time before 9/11, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, once the powerful Saudi ambassador in Washington and head of Saudi intelligence until a few months ago, had a revealing and ominous conversation with the head of the British Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove. Prince Bandar told him: "The time is not far off in the Middle East, Richard, when it will be literally 'God help the Shia'. More than a billion Sunnis have simply had enough of them."
    The fatal moment predicted by Prince Bandar may now have come for many Shia, with Saudi Arabia playing an important role in bringing it about by supporting the anti-Shia jihad in Iraq and Syria. Since the capture of Mosul by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) on 10 June, Shia women and children have been killed in villages south of Kirkuk, and Shia air force cadets machine-gunned and buried in mass graves near Tikrit.
    Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country
    •  If it's a choice between Bandar and Iran (1+ / 0-)
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      I know who I'm hoping will win.
      Creating something like ISIS/ISIL is anti-civilization and near-unforgivable.

      A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame/Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name/Mother of Exiles.

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 09:28:37 AM PDT

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    •  Islam is about 88% Sunni & 12% Shia, (2+ / 0-)
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      Agathena, GreatLakeSailor

      according to Wikipedia, so Bandar sounds like he knows what he is talking about, in the long run. With those numbers, one has to wonder how the Shia have held on as long as they have, if this is ultimately a religious war. As far as the U.S. trying to straighten this out, that sounds impossible, as those 2 have been feuding for a long time and will continue to.  We did not help by invading Iraq and taking out Saddam, as Dick Cheney alluded to in 1994, before the formation of PNAC, and before he was CEO of Halliburton. Unless we were planning to stay in Iraq until the problem was solved, it sounds like the invasion was the worst we could have done.

      The US ranks 138th out of all 169 voting countries in actual voting. Since 1974, mid-term % of eligible voters who vote avgs. 37%. Democrats would dominate if they did one thing- GOTV. They never do. Curious.

      by Incredulousinusa on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 12:14:10 PM PDT

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