Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates are bombing Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen. Different Islamic nations are also battling each other in Libya, Syria, and Iraq. Experts say this may herald an all-out Middle Eastern war.
This would be an all-Islamic conflict, with Sunnis fighting Shi’ites and different factions of Sunnis fighting each other. There is no way Saudi Arabia, which claims authority over Sunni Islam, could countenance the ISIS Sunnis’ claim to have re-established the ancient caliphate. Also, traditional rulers are fighting rebel movements, who want both politcial freedom and radical jihad.
This is not, strictly speaking, an American fight, though the United States is supporting everyone fighting jihadist terrorists on both sides of the factions, which is resulting in all kinds of contradictions. Thus, the U.S. is supporting Iranian-connected militants when they are fighting ISIS in Iraq, but opposing them when they are fighting moderate Arabs in Yemen. [Read more…]