The Sunni-Shia FAQ

As the US is bracing itself for the effects of Democrat leadership in both houses, the general ignorance of key facts about the current geo-political landscape was pungently illustrated by aDemocrat senator Silvestre Reyes, fingered the incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Remember this, senator Reyes is about to become the chair of the House Intelligence Committee.

In an interview with Congressional Quarterly the following stunning exchange took place between senator Reyes, interviewee, and Jeff Stein, CQ's National Security Editor and interviewer:
We warmed up with a long discussion about intelligence issues and Iraq. And then we veered into terrorism’s major players.

To me, it’s like asking about Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland: Who’s on what side?

The dialogue went like this:

Al Qaeda is what, I asked, Sunni or Shia?

“Al Qaeda, they have both,” Reyes said. “You’re talking about predominately?”

“Sure,” I said, not knowing what else to say.

“Predominantly — probably Shiite,” he ventured.

He couldn’t have been more wrong.

Al Qaeda is profoundly Sunni. If a Shiite showed up at an al Qaeda club house, they’d slice off his head and use it for a soccer ball.
Now, I know a goodly part of my readership will roll their eyes. Partly because I'm late to the party, so to speak, and partly because of the wild guessing by a man who, given his aspirations, should *know* the right answer.

But any readers new to anti-jihad may be thinking: "Iran? Al-Qaeda? What's the diff?". For those (especially those with senatorial inclinations) Dean Barnett of the Townhall blog has prepared a handy cheat sheet. Go and be wiser.

And if you're appetite for information about this stuff is whetted, check out books written by Robert Spencer.

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