Yesterday, Hosni Mubarak declared on TV that "those Shi'as" living in Arab countries are effectively the source of all the Middle East's problems because of "their loyalty to Iran" as opposed to the ruthless regimes (I mean countries) they live in. Please read Abu Kais's powerful response to this hypocrisy at From Beirut to the Beltway.
But allow me to entertain you with one thought regarding Hosni's "profound" analysis:
Here is a dictator who's "sunni" subjects would vote to eliminate their "Arab state" and replace it with a Califate lead by Ayman al Zawahiri thanks to his pathetically corrupt and incompetent rule which has spanned what feels like a millennia!
I rest my case. Now go read Kais's!
But before you go, I would also like to direct your attention to the response of our favorite political party in Lebanon; you guessed it... Hizballah:
The fundamentalist Shiite movement, which has its own militia, described Mubarak's statements as lies meant to stir tensions between the Arab world's Sunni and Shiite sects.
"These are dangerous and false words that reveal fanaticism and sectarianism aimed at sowing discord wished for by America," said prominent Hezbollah member Sheikh Mohammed Yazbek.
"The Shiites respect Iran and Syria and but work for the good of Lebanon... We have never been anyone's agent and we will not ignore our nation's interests on account of
anybody else," Yazbek said. AFP
These comments come from the very same party who's leader said the following only a few days ago:
[They want us to] speak about Lebanon the country, Lebanon the people, Lebanon the entity, Lebanon the nation, Lebanon the history, Lebanon the geography, and if this continues, two or three years from now we will arrive at Lebanon the god…*I think that our favorite political party needs to make up its mind or see a psychiatrist in the interest of curing a pretty severe case of multiple personality disorder.
*Translation Source: Abu Qais @ From Beirut to the Beltway