Skip to comments.Who will Win the Battle for the Minds of the Arab Street: Turkey or Iran?
Posted on 12/19/2010 4:47:16 AM PST by jerusalemjudy
Shiite Iran is appealing to the Arab Sunni street by trying to co-opt the agenda of the Sunni masses - the existence of Israel and the sanctity of Jerusalem - neither of which are traditional Shiite issues. In doing so, Iran seeks to undermine the existing Arab Sunni regimes by going over the heads of their leaders. That is why almost all of the regimes in the region hate the Iranian regime more than they hate Israel. Jerusalem does not matter for traditional Shiites. They see the city's sanctification as a Sunni innovation and therefore summarily reject it. Some Shiite Grand Ayatollahs even have argued that Jerusalem was given to the children of Isaac, while Ishmael, Abraham's older son, received Najaf, which is in Iraq. In other words, from a Shiite perspective, Jerusalem is a Sunni heresy. It appears that the Saudis and the present Turkish government are both interested in reestablishing the Caliphate - certainly culturally and probably eventually politically - most likely in the capital of the last great Sunni empire in modern times: Istanbul. The Turkish government claims that there is no Wahhabi money going into Turkey. Maybe so, but gorgeous, expensive mosques are being built in Turkey's poor, small villages. The locals obviously do not have the money for this. While many Turks supported the Gaza flotilla terrorists, many others wonder why Arab Egypt - which also blockades Hamas-controlled Gaza - and the oil-rich Arab countries with limitless financial resources have not taken care of the humanitarian needs of the people of Gaza. Why should Turkey, they reason, be more concerned about the Arabs than the Arabs themselves?
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Does it really matter? Turkey is getting to be no different than Iran.
Shiites and Sunnis battling for the hearts and minds of the Arab Street might as well be the same as Stalinists and Maoist battling within the leftist community.
Both are seriously flawed movements and lead to the extremely violent submission of the individual.
Agreed; as long as islam remains in control anywhere in the world, there is nothing more to be said.
Yes, but we still have American troops stationed in Turkey.
Arabs have minds?
Both countries are run by Islamists.... All Islamists need to be destroyed...
Thanks jerusalemjudy. Whomever does is getting a great deal — in the Arab world, the struggle for hearts and minds only requires enough money for the first half.
Turkey is the world’s first and one of the worst genocidal nations in history. Why Israel has not distanced itself from the Turks for so long boggles the mind.