Obama’s blunder of giving Iran nuclear capability in less than 10 years may have resulted in one good thing. What you say? How could anything to do with Iran and nuclear weapons or ICBMs be good?
Well because it has scared the crap our of Saudi Arabia. They are even building their own six-hundred mile long wall between itself & Iraq. In short if Iran gets nukes there will be a lot more problems among Muslims (Shia vs. Sunni) than there are now. Saudis are Sunni Muslims (as are 85% of the world’s Muslims) but Iraqi & Iranian Muslims are Shia. There are many similarities between the two. Both share the most fundamental Islamic beliefs, following the Quran as well as the Prophet’s sayings and customs, and they also adhere to the five pillars of Islam: shahada, salat, zakat, sawm, and hajj.
But there are drastic differences too. The Shia believe that leadership should have stayed within the Prophet’s own family, among those specifically appointed by him, or among Imams appointed by God Himself. The Sunni however believe that upon the death of the Prophet Muhammad (in 632) a new leader should have been chosen by consensus from those capable of the job. The religious differences are so embedded in the culture that intolerance often leads to violence. Another point of contention is that Mecca and Medina, the two holiest sites for all Muslims are located in and ruled by Saudi Arabia.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), the 32 year-old heir apparent is on a mission to modernize Saudi Arabia. He is the reason women will soon be allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia (imagine that?). He has also recently cut ties with Qatar because of their support of extremists and its too-close ties to Iran. MBS called Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei the “New Hitler of the Middle East.” He’s cleaning house in the Kingdom of Saud having arrested & jailed numerous members of the Saudi elite, including some members of the royal family accused of corruption and putting their own interests above the public. He recently hosted the first high-level meeting of a kingdom-led alliance of Muslim nations against terrorism, vowing that extremists will no longer “tarnish our beautiful religion.” (Try to forget their years of building Mosques spreading radical Wahhabism all over the world). Muslim nations against terrorism is hard to believe, but it may actually be possible that MBS sees into the future and knows that a nuclear Iran will not be good for Saudi Arabia.
“Drive them out,” said Trump of extremists. “Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy land, and drive them out of the earth.”
Maybe Mohammed bin Salman actually heard Trump recently in his first foreign trip as President, urging Muslims to combat a “crisis of Islamic extremism” and terrorism. I will believe it when I see it, but this may be the one good outcome of the terrible, traitorous Iran nuclear deal that Obama laid like a warm turd on Trump’s doorstep.
Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)
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