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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-04/saudi-arabia-severs-ties-with-iran/7065624

 

With the execution yesterday of a prominent outspoken Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia, the flames of conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran have been further inflamed.  I don't claim to understand these geo-political wranglings, and I don't really care to.  It's just that when something like this is in the news, it is a cause for concern for the knock-on effects of more refugees fleeing, and more disenfranchised ones joining terrorist causes.

 

It also has the attention of world leaders because it directly affects them having "peace".  All these happenings around the world, closely linking political and religious elements, we know will soon come to a head with the declaring of Peace and Security.

 

There are some interesting comments in this story by a senior research fellow:

 

  • while the execution of Sheikh Nimr was not purely an issue of sect for the Saudi authorities, Shiite Muslims would still interpret it this way.  It's rather more to do with Saudi Arabia being a country that does not tolerate political dissent
  • Across the Middle East, it's almost exclusively fellow Shiite Muslims who have been speaking out to defend him and unfortunately that is actually reinforcing the perceptions that many Sunni Muslims in Saudi Arabia had, that he was somehow treacherous that he was somehow acting on behalf of Iran, and it's creating a very defensive reaction among many Saudis.
  • Sheikh Nimr has become a really well known personality and being a religious cleric, its made his cause be an international Shia issue.

  • both Iraq and Syria, a move blamed for helping create radical groups like Islamic State.

  • In Syria, Iran has backed a government, which has treated the Sunni majority of that country violently and brutally.

  • So both Saudi Arabia and Iran have contributed to a geo-political situation, which is worsening the sectarian trends

  • They are reluctantly sitting together over international tasks on Syria but there is a far bigger complex of problems between the two countries that urgently needs to be resolved

  • If it doesn't, it it just spells more conflict in the Middle East which does of course have repercussions for the rest of the world when it comes to the risks of terrorism and the major refugee flows.

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-04/saudi-arabia-severs-ties-with-iran/7065624

 

With the execution yesterday of a prominent outspoken Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia, the flames of conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran have been further inflamed.  I don't claim to understand these geo-political wranglings, and I don't really care to.  It's just that when something like this is in the news, it is a cause for concern for the knock-on effects of more refugees fleeing, and more disenfranchised ones joining terrorist causes.

 

It also has the attention of world leaders because it directly affects them having "peace".  All these happenings around the world, closely linking political and religious elements, we know will soon come to a head with the declaring of Peace and Security.

 

There are some interesting comments in this story by a senior research fellow:

 

  • while the execution of Sheikh Nimr was not purely an issue of sect for the Saudi authorities, Shiite Muslims would still interpret it this way.  It's rather more to do with Saudi Arabia being a country that does not tolerate political dissent
  • Across the Middle East, it's almost exclusively fellow Shiite Muslims who have been speaking out to defend him and unfortunately that is actually reinforcing the perceptions that many Sunni Muslims in Saudi Arabia had, that he was somehow treacherous that he was somehow acting on behalf of Iran, and it's creating a very defensive reaction among many Saudis.
  • Sheikh Nimr has become a really well known personality and being a religious cleric, its made his cause be an international Shia issue.

  • both Iraq and Syria, a move blamed for helping create radical groups like Islamic State.

  • In Syria, Iran has backed a government, which has treated the Sunni majority of that country violently and brutally.

  • So both Saudi Arabia and Iran have contributed to a geo-political situation, which is worsening the sectarian trends

  • They are reluctantly sitting together over international tasks on Syria but there is a far bigger complex of problems between the two countries that urgently needs to be resolved

  • If it doesn't, it it just spells more conflict in the Middle East which does of course have repercussions for the rest of the world when it comes to the risks of terrorism and the major refugee flows.

 

 

 A lot of tribal issues over there. Only Jehovah can take of that mess.

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But it also turns, that people are coming from countries they maybe never would have the possibility to hear about the truth in their own countries,

then, as refugees they have the chance to hear the truth in the land where they are fleeing to. ..

So, whatever will be in future, Jehovah knows everything and can make the most benefit out of every situation for his

own purpose. ...

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Exactly!  What an opportunity for spiritual blessings for those refugees!  I remember when the iron curtain was still "up", we had many who were granted asylum in Australia from the former Soviet Union and satellite countries, and these ones readily embraced the truth.  It set them free, and it wasn't only because they had moved to a more affluent land.  They desired spiritual freedom, and found it under more favourable conditions here.

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