Sunni Shi'ite resistance

Sunni Shi'ite resistance - Heather Schepers PHRE 185 (1)...

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-1Heather Schepers PHRE 185 (1) Daschke The Role of the U.S. As Exacerbator of the Sunni and Shi’ite conflict in Iraq Early interactions between Middle Eastern nations and the United States were very successful compared to the Middle East’s interactions with European nations. This outcome is most likely due to a history of conflict between the Middle East and European nations, where there was no such history with the U.S. Also, the European nations were basically Christian theocracies, in light of the idea of the divine right of kings and the power of the Catholic Church. These Christians nations distrusted the Muslim theocracies of the Middle East, especially since the Muslim nations were highly developed and rich compared to the European nations mired in the Dark Ages. According to Fawaz Gerges, professor of Middle East studies at Sarah Lawrence College, the U.S. was a “progressive island amid European reaction” (Gerges, 74). However, such a view has clearly been usurped in most Muslim nations as a result of dramatic changes in U.S. policy. In fact,
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