A Different perspective of the Middle East Situation
Many fear the position President Trump has taken by pulling out of the Iranian Deal. In fact, many go so far as to say it could cause an attack on Israel which would be the beginning of the War to End All Wars. I don’t believe that because Iran stands apart from most of the Islamic nations in and around the Middle East. Most people fail to consider the internal conflict between Sunni and Shia tribes. For example, while Iran is Shia, Saudi Arabia is Sunni; and the two have fought each other for centuries. The only time they have a stable peace is when there is a holy jihad against Israel and America.
In today’s dilemma, Iran runs the risk of standing alone. President Trump and his advisors are keenly aware of this fact. Other nations in the Middle East no more want Iran to have a nuclear weapon than we do or, even more, than Israel does. As much as Iran huffs and puffs about our backing out of Obama’s flawed deal and boasts that it will immediately step up its nuclear weapons program, it faces a broader opposition than just Israel and America because the Saudis have declared that, if Iran is to acquire a nuclear weapon, so must they. Believe me; this poses a potentially greater problem for Iran than the United States and Israel.
Most Americans do not understand the difference between Sunni and Shia and why they have fought each other throughout the centuries. The best way I can explain the difference was once told to me. The Shia faith requires its people to pray to Allah through the Ayatollah and the leaders under him. Sunnis, on the other hand, can address their prayers directly to Allah. Consider our own biblical history. When Jesus brought forth the opportunity for direct access to God, this, of course, outraged the Sadducees and Pharisees because they had a good thing going for themselves. They forced their followers to bring to them offerings and wealth whereas Jesus made it easy and, essentially, cut them out of the loop. Of course, they could not allow that! Therefore, as we know in our history, they crucified Jesus to try and maintain their status. You can see that the Ayatollah and the leadership around him need the people to go through him (or them) as the all-powerful. The simpler, more direct way of the Sunnis has to be stopped; so they fight.
I warn everyone who is critical of the potential repercussions from our backing out of Obama’s deal: maybe the internal struggle between the two sects puts us in a much better position than most opponents of President Trump’s position understand. Israel is still in danger of being attacked—not by Iran directly, but by its proxies in Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and throughout the region with Al Qaeda, ISIS, and other terrorist organizations. I suggest to everyone that I agree with President Trump’s bold decision to pull out of a plan that was purposely facilitating Iran, over time, to develop a nuclear program and subsequent weapons. Now is the time to stand firm, for once, as we have failed to do throughout the years. We need to allow the other nations in the region to stand with us against Iran and its tyrannical leadership.
I hope you’ll understand now that the decision Iran must make in retaliation is a lot more complicated than just a single-dimensional decision based off of our actions in America and our commitment to protect Israel. The rivalry between Sunni and Shia is as real as their fundamental hatred of Israel; and it can be used to thwart Iran and its evil ways.