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Islamic Sectarian Violence - Can the West Help By Remaining an Enemy to the Middle East?

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By Lance Winslow

Ronald Reagan once made a very interesting speech while he was in Europe talking to the other leaders of the world. He said that it was too bad that humans couldn't all get together in a common cause, perhaps defending against an alien invasion, as it would bring all nations together. That is an interesting thought, and there is a lot of truth to that. To build a team, sometimes it pays to have a common enemy. The problem is if the common enemy is a common human, now we have all the makings for a major conflict. Do you see that point?

In the Economist in the March 12, 2012 issue there was another interesting article on sectarian violence in the Middle East titled; "Sunni-Shia Strife - The Sword and the Word - In the struggle between two strands of Islam, the Sunnis are on the rise," and the article listed all the differences between the two sects and their beliefs, not much different than different religions within Christianity really, of course in practice those beliefs surely result in a difference in extremes and the lifestyles of the groups within each sect.

It has often been said by Western International Analysts and behind closed doors at the Council on Foreign Appeasement CFA, I believe it is called by anyone really in the know, that if the Arabs are not fighting the Westerners, they'd be fighting themselves. In hindsight and allowing history to be my citation here, that's hard to debate, especially in recent periods and watching it all unfold in real-time.

Although as a US citizen I don't want to be the enemy of any nation, or any group of people, after all in our own nation we stand for religious freedom, and the rights of all individuals. We are supposed to be uniters not dividers. Still, what if we acted as if we were a divider to help other groups unite? What if the United States was considered an enemy to the Middle East? Would all this sectarian violence stop and would those groups get together in a common cause against us? That would help unite them, although it wouldn't be good for us.

Is being the bad guy the best thing we can do to help prevent the onslaught of violence and slaughter amongst the Arabs and their own people? This is a rhetorical question, I'm not even suggesting that we should go there, I'm just wondering if there is some sort of common cause that can unite this group of people in the Middle East in a way which would allow them to upgrade their civilizations and societies to move into the 21st century thus, better serving every man woman and child there. Indeed I hope you will please consider this but only on a philosophical level.

[Lance Winslow is the Founder of the Online Think Tank, a diverse group of achievers, experts, innovators, entrepreneurs, thinkers, futurists, academics, dreamers, leaders, and general all around brilliant minds.]
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