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Crude Sectarianism does not exist on the ground

Nadim Shehadi says this on QN:

“The main point I would like to make is that crude sectarianism does not really exist on the ground and can be more often found in the eye of the beholder. This is both apparent in the analysis on Syria and the references to Lebanon.”

— I love nadim, but beyond our neighborhood of gefinor… well actually yes in our neighborhood as well, crude sectarianism very much exists.

Nadim’s effort is to say that any of us who warn about the impending danger of forcing a collapse of the baath structure are essentially propping it up.

This is obviously not the case – but more importantly, Nadim needs to come to terms with the effects his advice will have. the pre-iraq war analysis of cakewalks is a very very dangerous road.

I wish he was correct, but I very much doubt he will be – if he is, then its time to give his perspective a second look.

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Written by nickbiddlenoe

February 16, 2012 at 4:50 pm

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