Actually since 632 AD
Not sure of the details as to why, but just like Christians have had their differences, so have Muslims;
It has to do with who was the proper successor to Mohammed to be caliph (leader) of the Islamic community.
And sorry to say, but imho it’s the Sunnis, not the Shiites behind all the radical Islam from Al Qaeda to ISIS;
Al Qaeda and ISIS are Sunni. Hezbullah and Iran terror groups are Shia. Even though terrorists make up very small percentages of each population - because there are many more Sunnis than there are Shiites in the world, there are more Sunni terrorists.
And for some reason we tend to side with the Sunni side over the Shia side risking arming more Sunni Islam radicals imo.
From what I can tell, we try not to arm any terrorists.
If I’m not mistaken there was news recently of Arab Sunnis persecuting Christians again in Saudi Arabia.
The practice of any religion outside of Islam is forbidden in Saudi Arabia by law. Has been since the founding of Saudi Arabia. I think someone already posted in World News the history there. I linked to the history of the Wahabi Sunni sect’s relationship with Saudi Arabia as well.
The crazy thing is that secular monsters like Gaddafi, Hussein and Assad managed to hold down the Sunni radicals until we tried to spread democracy among them. :eek:
History has shown that violent terrorists are suppressed by strong armies. Really doesn’t matter who runs the army to suppress them. If you want to keep them suppressed though you need to come up with a social structure that the population accepts. We don’t see many of those in the middle east because there is not a recent history of democracy or benevolent tyranny there. Last largely accepted society was the Ottoman which was destroyed early last century.