Four factions in the Middle East:
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|Fri, 06-13-2014 - 1:28pm|
The following is the way I see things, however, I certainly could be mistaken.
The first faction is the anti-western intervention faction. This faction is not so much against Non-Muslims as it is Non-Muslims intervening in Muslim lands. This would include Anti-Zionists and the most well known advocate of this faction would be Osama bin Laden.
The next two factions are the Sunni and Shiite factions. The center of the Sunni faction would seem to be Saudi Arabia and the center of the Shiite faction would seem to be Iran. The current trouble in Syria and Iraq seems to be a fight between these two factions and may result in Iran becoming friendlier with the United States and Europe.
The fourth faction is the pro-democratic faction. While this group is currently the weakest it still is a factor and to the extent that events in the Middle East parallel those of Europe from the 16th to the 20th centuries it will be the faction that eventually dominates.