Isis has gone further than al-Qaeda in its aim to wipe out Shia. Whatever atrocities it commits will reverberate widely across the Islamic world, where sectarian tensions are already high. Certainly nothing could be worse than the destruction of the holy sites in Karbala and Najaf, a move that could be comparably worse than Genghis Khan’s destruction of Arab cities in the 13th century.
This looming catastrophe calls for a united response from the Muslim world but it is nowhere in sight. Iran, the leading Shia state, and Saudi Arabia, the leading Sunni state, where the Prophet Mohammed is buried, should immediately put aside their squabbles and address the crisis. Continue reading »