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Why These Posts?

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September 19, 2020

“My name is Khaled. I don’t wish to alarm you, but watch your back, my friend over there wants to kill you.”

The first week of May 1986, Urumchi airport in far western China, I was waiting for a flight to Kashgar en route to the Khunjerab Pass over…


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Intro. A Century of U.S Meddling in the Middle East

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July 22, 2020

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  George Santayana.

“I’ve got news for Mr. Santayana:…


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Post 1. Muhammed and The Great Sunni – Shi’a Schism

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July 22, 2020

Before invading Iraq in 2003, George Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld didn’t know the difference between the Sunni and Shi’a branches of Islam, much less why it would matter and turn out badly once they ousted Saddam Hussein, So a brief history of Islam in order before…


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Post 2. Sunni – Shi’a Today

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July 22, 2020

First the demographics. Of the 1.6 Billion or so Muslims in the world, roughly 85%, 1.35 Billion, are Sunni, the rest, 15%, 240 million, Shi’a. In the Middle East, Sunni and Shi’a are not evenly distributed: Iran is almost 100% Shi’a, Iraq, Bahrain, Lebanon and Azerbaijan are 50% – 75%,…


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Post 3. 1919 Sykes-Picot Agreement: Planting the Seeds of Conflict

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July 22, 2020

Even before World War 1 was over, two colonial administrators, Mark Sykes for Great Britain and François Georges-Picot for France, aristocrats both, carved up the defunct Ottoman Empire into colonial spheres of influence based on lines drawn quite literally in the sand, Jordan, Palestine and Iraq for Great Britain,…

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