Reader Letter: A centuries-old symbolic war
Could our seeming withdrawal of support from Israel during Obama's administration be honing a sharper edge to the threat of a preemptive Israeli nuclear attack on Iran? The Ayatollah and the dinner jacket would be brought down, along with a lot of Iranian military and civilian bodies, and we could brush our hands, step back and say, hey, we had nothing to do with it. Israel went on its own. They jumped the gun and didn't have anyone's approval to nuke Iran.
So the world could once again point its collective finger at the Jews and at the same time breathe a lot easier. The Jews, use to approbation, would brush it off and go right on getting wealthier and not mind being the West's attack dog at all. As a side benefit, North Korea would probably just cave and all would be right with the world.
But beyond that, this is not really a struggle between Iran and the West. That's just the symbolic war playing itself out on a religious tableau that is centuries old: Sunni versus Shia. It's almost the same as our own religious war here at home: Fundamentalists versus Modernists.
But that aside, everything that happens in the world of Islam has an underlying foundation in the generational feud of Sunni versus Shia. And it's all over who are the rightful chain of descendents from Mohammad. Some say one, others say another. The world really needs to get beyond religion.