posted on Mar, 10 2011 @ 09:50 PM
I hate to be one of those guys who says "today is the day something big will happen" and then nothing happens...but look at the headline, this is
talking, not me. It doesn't get any more mainstream than Reuters. (Actually, the whole issue of the role of the mainstream media in
relation to these protests is worth pursuing in itself, but I digress...)
Whatever happens, I wish for the safety and wellbeing of all involved, whatever side they happen to be affiliated with.
The article contains some interesting observations. Some Sunni clerics are attempting to brand the whole thing as an entirely Shiite initiative, and
warning of Shiite "conspiracies" (from the article: "Secret Shi'ite hands want to corrupt this country," messages sent to mobile phones this week
said. ). The Western media has seemed to me to be playing up the Sunni-Shiite tension heavily, but the article implies that the story goes beyond this
sectarian divide. Nevertheless, the Sunni-Shiite relationship will still bear close scrutiny in the days ahead.
The article touches on regional leadership's concern that the protests could set a precedent that leads to further escalation. Another matter that was
alluded to: an alleged shift away from religion as a motivator, and skepticism about traditional power roles that previously had been buttressed by
religion. Imagine if Islam began somehow to diminish in significance in the region...that in itself has all kinds of interesting implications and this
theme (so to speak) has been running thoroughout all the protests so far.
Personally, I don't expect the day to be earth-shaking, but it could still be of significance. Only time will tell.
(visit the link for the full news article)
edit on 3/10/11 by silent thunder because: (no reason given)