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Voices from the Arab Press: Libya, Shiite Terrorism and Iran


The Jerusalem Post

Voices from the Arab Press: Libya, Shiite Terrorism and Iran

Arab press discusses important events in the past week in the Middle East.


Al-Jazirah, Saudi Arabia, January 18

For the past 20 years, the international community has been directing its arrows against Sunni terrorism while excluding and turning a blind eye toward Shi’ite terrorism. According to Western eyes, Sunni terrorism – led by groups like al-Qaida, Islamic State and Boko Haram – represented a greater danger to the West than any other source of terrorism.

The truth is that the Sunni world simply happens to be more divided than the Shi’ite world. While Shi’ites speak in one voice and create the impression that their extremists can be dealt with through negotiations, the Sunni world has been dominated by internal rifts, with each group expressing loyalty to its exclusive leader. This created the perception that Sunni extremism is far more dangerous to the global order. But those who study Shi’ite texts will immediately notice that Shi’ite heritage directly legitimizes terrorism in ways that far exceed what one might find in Sunni texts.

US President [Donald] Trump is the first American president to reframe this flawed thinking. While his predecessor, former president Barack Obama, dealt with Iran with a great deal of grace and courtesy, Trump bravely indicated, from the beginning of his presidency, that Iran is the most dangerous terrorist regime in the world. While Obama turned a blind eye to Iran’s financing of Shi’ite terror proxies throughout the Middle East, Trump explicitly singled out – and threatened – these groups.

Read more: https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Voices-from-the-Arab-Press-Libya-Shiite-Terrorism-and-Iran-615118