by Omar Ali
My own feeling is that massacres of shias will only accelerate in the areas where a shia population coexists with salafi terrorism (meaning Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Arabian peninsula). Mainstream Muslims who are not well aware of the origins and teachings of the Saudi-inspired salafists will no doubt rant about imperialist conspiracies and so on, but the fact is, this is as inevitable as night follows day. As police forces and armies put pressure on the salafist terror networks and even the Saudi state withdraws its backing, they are going to get more desperate and in their narrative, “the enemy within” are Shias (that narrative has some similarities with the Nazi narrative about Jews in Germany: that they “betrayed us from within and conspired with our enemies”) and they are going to go after them…..they are also a soft target and killing them may incite wider sectarian violence and thus bring down the semi-secular states that are now the salafist’s enemy.
Courtesy: Omar Ali & firstname.lastname@example.org, Feb 5, 2010