Middle-East’s Sectarian Balance Shifts as Syrian Uprising Enters its Fourth Year -- Sightings
Over the past dozen years -- at least since the American invasion of Iraq if not before -- a series of political upheavals have hit the Arab world. The Arab Spring of 2011 began in Tunisia, spread to Egypt, Libya, and then to Syria. Except for Tunisia, the hoped for new order hasn't really emerged. And in Syria, we have witnessed a sectarian turn. As Jawad Anwar Qureshi, an Islamic Studies doctoral student at the University of Chicago, provides us with a most helpful overview of the increasingly sectarian -- Sunni-Shia divide that has emerged. Syria has moved completely into a Shiite Iran's orbit. The story of these events demonstrate that American activity in the region has not helped, but perhaps hindered fruitful developments. Why? Well, could it be that we are clueless when it comes to such matters? I invite you to read and respond to the article.