Sunnis vs. Shias: different branches of Islam at war

 The unfortunate blood pool occurred two days ago in Zahedan, south-eastern Iran, wasn’t something inevitable. Two separate bombings in a shia mosque had more than twenty killed and several injured. In response to government’s mismanagement and failure to provide security, two MPs of the province in the ‘Islamic Majlis’ resigned and handed over their duties to the assembly.
 Iranians don’t need to lose lives in their gradual quest for freedom and democracy. In fact, reaching democracy is way different from mastering a classic-type revolution or freeing one’s own country from enemy hands in a war-time. However to be honest with the reader of these lines, among Iranian conservatives of both revolutionary and anti-revolutionary camps liberty and democratic governance are not an issue.
 They have the issue of religion deep in their daily politics, yet, they’re the ultimate power holders. They kill, torture, behead and rape for the sake of their own definition of Islam. But one party, I believe, should be blamed responsible for the creation of a vicious circle by which only violence plays on top. That party is the Iranian-Islamic state terrorism itself. They have to be held responsible first and for good.
 Majority of Iranians are considered as ‘shia’ muslims. Iranian ethnography shows they are mostly located in prosperous, central parts of Iran. However, Iran has historically had minority Sunni believers of Islam, who lived through the least prosperous locations mainly on the border line. There’s no doubt that south-eastern Iran called ‘Sistan & Baluchestan Province’ is the poorest among other twenty-something provinces. It lacks major infrastructures and surprisingly has been the most trusted drug-trafficking route to Europe. It mainly consists of two ethnicities: Sistanis, minority shia population, and Baluchs, majority Sunni indigenous of the region. Sadly, they’ve been at war for the last century that even intensified during last thirty years of Islamic dictatorship.
 Islamism has been tough and serious among both ethnicities. They’ve always represented by their religious identity. The disaster happened recently was in fact a retaliation by militant Sunni activists of Baluch origin who were deeply grounded in last two months after their leader got arrested via an Iranian-Pakistani intelligence cooperation and executed later last month. And now, we’ve witnessed their severe retaliation. Sadly, it’s a vicious circle of violence ignited by the Islamic state of Iran.   

About Sam

I believe that 'silence strengthens the oppressor rather oppressed'; that is why I do write. I'm a teacher in Iran and an atheist, about 32 years old - happily married - with no children. I tweet as well @samIranian
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2 Responses to Sunnis vs. Shias: different branches of Islam at war

  1. PJ says:

    Thank you for explaining that so well. My eyes just glaze over when they try to explain it on the news here.

  2. I happened to be doing a bit of work-related research in Google today and came upon this blog. I’ve clearly spent a bit of time here browsing and procrastinating! You have got some great observations here, so I will add you to my personal Google Reader for the future. Enjoy the week!

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