Iran’s Proxy War Against Sunni Arabs

Douglas Farah contends that Iran is waging a proxy war against Sunni Arabs in Iraq that could well spread. He’s, to say the least, not particularly enthusiastic about the available options to counter it.

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James Joyner
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  1. Triumph says:

    Douglas Farah contends that Iran is waging a proxy war against Sunni Arabs in Iraq that could well spread.

    Hey! Fancy that! So is the United States. Maybe we should meet them for tea and coordinate our efforts!

  2. DC Loser says:

    Oh, NOW they tell us the Iranians will be the big benefactors of our little Iraq advanture!

  3. Stormy70 says:

    I have little sympathy for the Sunnis, who happily oppressed their brethren for decades. They behaved like the ruling party of South Africa, and they have reaped what they have sewn. Why should they get a pass for their evil? Why is America to blame for a centuries old grudge? The Middle East is a boil being lanced, and all the pus is coming out.

  4. Stormy70 says:

    South Africa is much more violent now, but is anyone advocating they go back to the old rule? I doubt it.

  5. James Joyner says:

    Stormy: I’m not keeping up with RSA daily news much these days but I’m pretty sure they were more violent in the last years of apartheid. Mostly black-on-black atrocities between ANC and Zulu partisans, but still pretty horrible.

    And it’s rather hard to blame “the Sunnis” for what Saddam perpetrated. He was one of them, to be sure, but it’s not as if he was governing by consensus.

  6. Stormy70 says:

    The Sunnis have oppressed minorities in Saudi Arabia and Syria, too. They launched the insurgency and supported Al Qaeda, which turned out to turn around and bite them. They are not free of blame for Saddam’s rule, as they supported him and carried out his atrocities.

    When the African Union is telling South Africa to clean up the violent crime, you might be having some issues.
    They are about to lose hosting rights for some big soccer match. Yet, with all the crime, the people are better off today than they were under an oppressive government.