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The Israeli-Fakestinian conflict is irrelevent to the region. It is only diverting the US, Europe and the rest of the world from the real conflict.
1 posted on 08/23/2010 6:29:52 PM PDT by CharlesMartelsGhost
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I did a little research for a friend earlier today that is on the cusp of understanding Islamic infighting. Basically, it is a breakdown of religious factions, by country, in the ME. Here is my exact text:

Turkey: No official state religion, 99% Muslim (85%-90% Sunni, 10%-15% Alevi/Shia)

Syria: 87% Muslim(74% Sunni, 13% Shia (some of these are “Twelvers”. These guys are scary)), 10% Christian

Iraq: +95% Muslim (65% Shia, 35% Sunni), 3% Christian

Jordan: Official state religion is Islam, 92% Muslim (Largely Sunni), 7% Christian, 1% Other

Lebanon: 56% Muslim (5% Druze (similar to Shi’a), 28% Sunni, 28% Shi’a), 39% Christian

Israel: 16% Muslim (Shi’a mainly), 2% Christian

Saudi Arabia: Official religion is Islam, Freedom of religion is prohibited (law requires citizens to be Muslim), 90% Muslim, 76% Sunni, 13.5% Shi’a (8% Twelver, 5.5% Zaydis), 3.5% Christian

Yemen: Predominately Muslim, 52% Sunni, 46% Shi’a

Oman: 75% Ibadhi, 17% Sunni, 8% Shi’a

U.A.E.: 76% Muslim (85% Sunni, 15% Shi’a), 9% Christian, 15% Other

Iran: Official state religion is “Twelver” (check these guys out. SCARY), 89% Shia (Twelver), 9% Sunni, 2% Other. I might also add that the current President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is a Twelver

Afghanistan: +99% Muslim (80% Sunni, 19% Shi’a, 1% other)

Pakistan: 96% Islam (majority Sunni, 10%-30% Shi’a) 1.9% Hindu, 1.6% Christian

Sunni and Shi'a don't get along historically. Those percentages alone should give you an idea how things will come together once mass conflict erupts.

2 posted on 08/23/2010 6:49:14 PM PDT by camerongood210
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To: CharlesMartelsGhost

Wow, can you imagine the mess all over if everyone decides to invade their neighbors because the teacher had to go to the bathroom?


3 posted on 08/23/2010 7:11:40 PM PDT by huldah1776
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