Yemen, a “model of success”

Yemen: Islamic State Bombs Shia Mosques Killing 137

Back in September, Obama championed Yemen, calling it a “model of success” in fighting the war on terror. That was before a bloody Iranian-backed coup (Shia) took over the government. The coup was Shia. The Islamic State is Sunni. This Sunni versus Shia war is over who is the true Muslim. So when Obama says the Islamic State is killing Muslims, he is being dishonest. Shia are considered heretics to Sunnis and vice versa. They are purifying the Islamic State when they kill Shia.  (Pamela Geller)


Sunni versus Shia

There is very little doctrinal difference between the two, but since “each believes that the other has departed from the truth of Islam, and each (particularly the Shi’ites) nurses centuries-old grudges over ancient wrongs done to them, this split is not going to be ‘overcome.’” (source: Robert Spencer)


the Sunni-Shi’ite divide cannot be bridged by negotiations, or by bribes (“aid”), or by anything but the full surrender of one group to the other — which is not going to happen. This is because the divide has enough roots in each side’s differing understandings of Islam for hardliners in both camps to label the other “unbelievers,” and thus people who can lawfully be killed.

Islamic tradition holds that after Muhammad died (which is supposed to have happened in 632 AD), the Muslim community chose his companion Abu Bakr to succeed him as caliph, or successor of Muhammad as the military, political and spiritual leader of the Muslims. But one group among them thought that the leadership belonged by right to Ali ibn Abi Talib, Muhammad’s son-in-law and one of his first followers, and after him to a member of the prophet’s household.

Ali finally did become caliph after Abu Bakr had been succeeded by two other companions of Muhammad, Umar and Uthman, but was assassinated only a few years later. Then in the year 680, his son Hussein was killed in battle with the caliph Yazid I at Karbala in Iraq, and the split between those who believed that the caliph should be the best man in the community (the Sunnis) and those who believed the Muslims should be led by a relative of Muhammad (the Shi’ites) became formal, bitter and everlasting.

Today, the Islamic State attacked Shia mosques and killed 137 people.

To quote Netanyahu, the enemy of my enemy is my enemy. This is what Obama does not wish to understand.

“Isis claims responsibility for killing 137 in Yemen Shiite mosques suicide bombings,” IBT, March 19, 2015

A militant group affiliated to the Islamic State  (Isis) has claimed responsibility for a wave of suicide bombings targeting Shiite mosques in Yemen.

At least 137 people were killed and 345 others injured as five attackers blew themselves up at two religious sites in the capital, Sanaa, during Friday midday prayers, traditionally when the mosques are busiest.

After the attack a group calling itself the Sanaa Province of the Islamic State posted a message online calling responsibility for the massacre.

Charlie Winter, a researcher for the London-based counter-extremism Quilliam Foundation Think Tank, tweeted:

The Sunni extremist group described the bombing at the Badr and al-Hashoosh mosques as a as a “blessed operation” against the “dens of the Shiites.”

The claim, which could not be immediately verified was posted on the same website used by IS to take credit for Wednesday’s shooting at a Museum in Tunisia.

In November IS self-styled Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi used an audio message to call for jihadists to carry out attacks against Muslim Shiite across the Middle East before to move on to bringing war to the West.

Initially fingers were pointed at IS’ rival jihadi group al-Qaeda that has a strong presence in Yemen.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is a sworn enemy of the Shiite Houthi rebels that seized Sanaa earlier this year.

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