Thursday, 3 January 2013
STRATFOR scoop: Iranian Al Qods Force head met with Egyptian President Morsi Aides and Muslim Brotherhood Leaders
Iran's Qods Force Head
Maj. Gen Qassim Suleimani
STRATFOR had this scoop posted on its website today, “Egypt: Sources Say Presidency Consulted with Iranian Military Official on Security:”
The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s leadership has consistently sought to avoid entanglement in the Sunni-Shia controversy and has downplayed Shiite efforts to convert Sunnis as marginal. They have further claimed that Sunni-Shia strife has been instigated by the U.S. as a way of dividing Muslims. The Sunni and Shia, they argue, comprise one Muslim nation that must unite in order to confront “the American Zionist project that seeks to eradicate Islam.” The standard Muslim Brotherhood position has been that the Shia are Muslims for all intents and purposes, and that the differences between Sunni and Shia pertain to matters of jurisprudence that are of secondary importance, not to principles of faith. But this general formula became insufficient in view of the Shiite conversion debate and virulent attacks on Shiite beliefs and practices.
Thus, pan-Islamism trumps the alleged Sunni Shia divide. Moreover, despite the contretemps exhibited over Syria by Morsi at the Non –Aligned Movement Summit in Tehran in August 2012, Morsi and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood have aligned themselves with the Shia Mahdists in opposition to the US and the West. This looks like another ‘foreign policy success’ by the Obama Administration inadvertently forging a unified Jihadist Middle East following the fundamentalist uprisings across the region in the Arab Winter.
Posted on 01/03/2013 2:54 PM by Jerry Gordon
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