So, the Shiite / Sunni divide DOES exist. These guys are so predictable. If ever there was an ideology that has “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” as a central component, that ideology is Islam, which also adds another component; drop your “friend” in the grease as soon as you don’t need him anymore.
For years, Muslim Brotherhood Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi has advocated an alliance between Hamas (a militant arm of the Sunni Brotherhood) and Hezbollah, the militant arm of Shiite Iran. Why? because both had a common enemy – Israel. Hezbollah would attack primarily from the north (in Lebanon) while Hamas was firing rockets from the west, in Gaza. Now, however, the rubber is meeting the road in Syria, which is considered prized territory for both Sunnis and Shiites. Sunnis (the Brotherhood) desperately want to take it from Assad, who has been backed by Iran for years. Iran desperately wants to hold it.
We’re seeing the Islamists show us their true colors, folks. In many ways, this is a good thing. It’s called “unmasking.” It allows us to truly see our enemies. In the case of Qaradawi, that’s especially good news because with Muruna, he has commissioned a strategy of deception that allows his followers to forego every religious restriction – including blasphemy – if it is done in the name of a higher calling.
But, alas, Qaradawi is now targeting Hezbollah as the villain.
At a public conference on the first anniversary of the Syrian revolution, at the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate, Thursday, Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, head of the International Union for Muslim Scholars, called upon Syrian military personnel to regain their sense of pride, of honor and manhood, their will and resolve, to reject Assad’s repression, to leave Assad’s army as soon as they can, and to join the Free Syrian Army. The renowned scholar stressed the importance of all Syrian opposition working together in this defining moment to face the escalating crimes against the Syrian people. Further, Al-Qaradawi described Bashar al-Assad as a “rat”, accusing him of murdering the Syrian people with missiles and guns without a thought to Islamic or human considerations. He also criticized Hezbollah and Iran strongly, saying: “This is not Hezbollah (party of God), because it treads a path of transgression, murder and tyranny”. Addressing Syrian revolutionaries, Al-Qaradawi said: “You’re not alone. All the peoples of Egypt, Tunisia, and all the Arab peoples and the free men and women of the whole world are with you.
As we’ve said countless times on this website, the notion that the United States should support the Syrian rebels borders on criminal. Qaradawi’s Brotherhood is behind them and he’s proving it with this statement.
Like I said, these guys are as predictable as the sun coming up tomorrow.