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Modern Shias on the right side of history

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From Robert Fisk:

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There are still honourable Israelis who demand a state for the Palestinians; there are well-educated Saudis who object to the crazed Wahabism upon which their kingdom is founded; there are millions of Americans, from sea to shining sea, who do not believe that Iran is their enemy nor Saudi Arabia their friend. But the problem today in both East and West is that our governments are not our friends...

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/al-jazeera-saudi-arabia-israel-policy-terrorism-isis-iran-prince-mohamed-netanyahu-a7885851.html

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Great material throughout the article, but Robert Fisk really has a belligerent way of getting his ideas across (I believe the Internet phrase "fisking" originated from his name). This piece isn't likely to be received warmly by most readers, unfortunately. 

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On 10/08/2017 at 11:57 PM, Shaykh Patience101 said:

Great material throughout the article, but Robert Fisk really has a belligerent way of getting his ideas across (I believe the Internet phrase "fisking" originated from his name). This piece isn't likely to be received warmly by most readers, unfortunately. 

This article from 2003, from the right wing British magazine The Spectator, does take issue with Fisk's articles. And it ends with this:

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At present, a decent future for Iraq hangs in the balance. The Americans hope to create some suitable form of democracy or at least self-rule for Iraq. Failure to do so will expose that country to the risk of civil war and anarchy, and compromise the standing of the United States in the world as well. Public opinion in the West has its part to play in determining the outcome of these dramatic events. Perverting American purposes and practices in Iraq, fisking helps to bring about the doom that it anticipates with such glee and relish.


 

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https://www.spectator.co.uk/2003/11/the-dangers-of-fisking/

It's a strange conclusion, effectively blaming the messenger and saying that if the American adventure in Iraq failed it would be the fault of those who criticised it.

 

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