Sunni-Shiite divide in Syria may spark wider Middle East war

Lebanon's multi-religious society has become a tinderbox since Hezb'allah, who dominate the government, announced their military assistance to President Assad in Syria. But the Sunni-Shiite divide in Lebanon is only a microcasm of what is occurring elsewhere in the Middle East. The two major sects of Islam, never at peace even in the best of times, now find themselves lining up to support their co-religionists in Syria. From the Gulf, to Iraq, Sunnis are rallying to the revolution in Syria while the Shiites are supporting the regime. It is a recipe for a religious war that could engulf most of the region. AFP: Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia's top cleric Abdulaziz al-Shaikh has urged governments to punish the "repulsive sectarian group" while Qatar-based Sunni cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi called on Sunnis to join the rebels. George Sabra, interim head of the opposition Syrian National Coalition, charged Hezbollah, along with majority-Shiite Iraq and Iran, of pushing the situation...(Read Full Post)

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