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Unformatted text preview: 0313 The Shia Revival Vali Nasr When the Shiites Rise Iraqis view politics as the balance of power among communities. They view the fall of Saddam as an opportunity to redress injustices in the distribution of power among the countrys major communities. Many Shiites, long marginalized from power, are now clamoring for greater rights and more political influence across ME. Iraqs liberation also generates new cultural, economic, and political ties among Shiites. Open displays of Shiite piety is rising, and once-timid Shiite clerics not flaunt traditional robes and turbans. DeBaathification, which removes significant obstacles tot the Shiites assumption of power in Iraq, is maligned as an important cause of the ongoing Sunni insurgency. Iran is the first country in ME to send an official delegation to Iraq to recognize the Iraqi Governing Council. Iran extends financial support to Iraq and offers to help Iraqi Governing Council....
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- Spring '08