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Poll Finds Mounting Hostility Among Arabs Towards Iran

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A poll released Tuesday shows a stark decline in favourability among Arab and Muslim citizens regarding the Iranian government and its policies.

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Past Member (0)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 12:01 pm
They are all just as bad as what i can see still muslims The rest of the Arab world are probably scared that Iran
will nuke them all especially if the majority of the people are from the opposing Islamic parties

noted thanks

Beth S (330)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 12:02 pm
This is a really good article, Cal, and I very much agree with the analyses provided in this report.

I read an article a couple of weeks ago that talked about a faction of Shia in Lebanon being opposed to Hezbollah, which was very surprising to me. This counter-Hezbollah faction even had the courage to say that Hezbollah's beating of the war drums about Israel were simply a distraction to the far greater issues of Arab factionalism between Sunni, Shia and other minorities.

Shia Hezbollah in Lebanon has assumed vast amounts of power and this is not appreciated by the non-Shia populations in Lebanon, who understand that Hezbollah both receives large amounts of funding from Iran and is virtually a proxy for Iran, projecting Iran's power and policies into a solidly Arab area, where Iran would otherwise be muted.

The Assad-Syrian government is also a beneficiary of Iran's largesse, with Iran continuing to supply arms, training and soldiers to the Assad regime as they fight elements of Al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and a smaller number of non-aligned rebel factions.

Because Iran funds Shia movements in many traditionally Sunni areas, it is a little difficult to tease out whether the anger is toward the Shia is a result of Iranian meddling or just toward the Shia themselves.

Sunni and Shia animosity goes back to almost the inception of Islam. There are also significant qualitative differences between those two sects.

Additionally, even in the non-Arab world countries like Pakistan, which is a vast-majority Sunni population, new waves of Shia immigration have meant increasingly frequent and more deadly Sunni Pakistani attacks on the Shia with large numbers of casualties in this group.

It would seem then that the Sunni-Shia sectarian divide is growing to encompass even non-Arab Islamic countries now. Iranian and Egyptian leaders have tried to bridge this gap by renewing attempts to divert their subjects' unhappiness and draw attention to Israel, which in the past has often succeeded in being a unifying factor in an otherwise long and deadly history of Sunni-Shia hatred and warfare.

I would imagine, too, that although Iran was a big backer of Hamas, giving them lots of missiles and other armaments as well as generous funding, that the prospect of having nuclear weapons aimed at Israel -- a rather tiny slice of land -- would mean automatic incineration for Palestinians as well. You have to wonder about how "good" it would be for the Palestinians by having a country champion them in such a massively destructive manner, including deadly radioactive fallout for those who might survive an initial explosion.

For a while, it looked like Sunni Turkey and Shiite Iran were also attempting to use each other to project power and as markets for each other into areas that were geographically removed from each of them, but it became clear that both Turkey and Iran were trying to recoup past glory from their former empires, a competitive exercise given to mistrust and animosity.

Turkey is also getting fallout as the Iranian-backed conflict in Syria is spilling out into Turkey, which is taking on refugees from the Syrian conflict.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 12:27 pm
I wonder if they asked those Arabs if they hate Iran or the US more?

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 2:15 pm
At this stage of the game Robert let's just accept our blessings and go from there!

Maybe this is a first step in those terrorist nations to rid themselves of terror!? What a blessing that would be!

Nelson Baker (0)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 3:03 pm
Thank you for the article.

Jennifer Ward (40)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 3:38 pm
There is only one solution to the Middle East- become Christian or Jewish as the current ideology preaches hatred and division. I am not religious but the nations that operate under the Judeo Christian princples are the most successful and content.It might not always be evident, but we adhere to the golden rule of loving our neighbour as ourselves unconditionally.

pam w (139)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 4:59 pm
GREAT! Another tribal war among people following a stone age religion!

Birgit W (160)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 7:03 pm

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 7:39 pm

John B (185)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 8:38 pm
Thanks Cal for the link to the interesting and informative article by Katelyn Fossett. The Sunni-Shia divide will be the overriding issue in the Middle East for each of these countries for many years to come. Read and noted.

Yvonne White (229)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 9:23 pm
So the Media is sure to be encouraged to play this up by the Reich-wing "Iran is Dangerous, nuclear weapons, Muslim, Terrorist" bull$hit brigade!

Charlene Rush (79)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 10:55 pm
This is one of the best things that could happen.

Stephen Brian (23)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 11:31 pm
Sectarianism, Iranian (and not Arabic) economic progress, Iranian hegemonic ambitions, and the Arab Spring vs. the decades-old Iranian regmie could all play a role in this. While I'm glad they're busy with each other rather than lashing out elsewhere, there are a lot of good people in Iran and among Arabs so I hope this hostility does not turn violent.

Jay S (116)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 11:32 pm
This is good news. Iran's Islamist dictators are among the worst in the world - many of whom are in the Arab/Muslim world - and are oppressing the Iranian people terribly with terror, torture and extermination. Hopefully these downtrodden people from a once great Persian nation will soon be able to throw off these primitive barbarians and have freedoms aplenty.

Yvonne White. Are you seriously defending the Islamist tyrants who rule Iran with a brutal iron fist? The oppression of women, forced to wear the 7th century tribal veil or be beaten in the streets for showing too much wrist, or carted off to their infamously cruel prisons and raped? The slow executions of over 2000 gay people? The persecution and death sentences of non-Muslims? The outlawing and destruction of all images of the Buddha? The outlawing and killing of all dogs? The list is sickeningly endless.

Persia (Iran) was once a progressive nation, one of the greatest civilizations in human history with the first human rights code ever written, that is until Islam invaded in the 7th century, massacred 100,000 people who refused to convert, and conquered and has been oppressing this people ever since. It has been down hill ever since Islam's conquest.

How can any intelligent, caring, informed person possibly defend this hateful, cruel dictatorship?

Thanks Cal

Alexander Werner (53)
Friday March 8, 2013, 10:08 am
Yvonne, but what should we do if are indeed facing "Reich-wing Iran is Dangerous, nuclear weapons, Muslim, Terrorist""???

James Maynard (84)
Friday March 8, 2013, 12:05 pm
Interesting article. The Persians and Arabs have
never been real "buddy-buddy" and this highlights

Klaus P (14)
Monday March 18, 2013, 10:59 pm
I am not surprised at all. One can remember the Iraq vs Iran war some years ago, that was fought with such brutality. All the different factions in the Muslim world hate each other, God forbid if they all get together.

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 1:54 am
Most of the regimes are dictatorial iin that region. It saddens me that their people have to suffer great injustice and persecution. More democracy and no more theocracy is what is needed.
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