The Sunni-Shiite Conflict, Islam & The American Media.

The Sunni-Shia conflict is something that raged on since the beginning


 

of  Islam, and it will surely go on for countless centuries. Both groups

 

share the same principles of Islam, but I guess what you would call,

 

"slight technicalities" separate the two. The main different is that Shia

 

Muslims believe that when Muhammad died, leadership should've have

 

been passed directly to his cousin/son-in-law. They have not recognize

 

elected Islam leaders throughout history, and instead follow a line of

 

Imams that hey believe to be chosen by Muhammad or God Himself.

 

Sunnis believe that an elected official capable of leadership should be

 

elected, and the leaders power may be revoked by the people as

 

necessary. Shia Muslims feel hostility toward some of the elected

 

leaders that were Muhammad's companions, because of their opinions

 

and actions. There are, of course more minor details

           

The media in general, especially the American media, are out to catch the action.

 

The money is in the action-packed battles and scandal-filled feuds, and in this

 

strongly capitalist society, money is all that matters. They don't need to stop and

 

waste time on detail. That is when your average American gets bored, and

 

switches channels to learn more about Paris Hilton's newest felony, or Lindsey

 

Lohan's progress in rehab. The reality is, Americans sometimes tend not to care

 

much about complicated and ancient details. The media is trying to portray the

 

conflicts occurring for no apparent reason, other than Muslims living in countries

 

such as Iraq or Iran or Afghanistan or Pakistan are barbarian anarchists. That is

 

more interesting and entertaining than a reporter standing in the studio, explaining

 

the details. America being a primarily Christian nation, they want people to look

 

how the Muslims are handling their differences, and then here, all the Christian

 

sects live together peacefully. Actually, the Catholics and Protestants in Ireland

 

have a bloody history of fighting. The average American is extremely ill-informed

 

by the media. It is not convenient enough to look into a complicated item of

 

interest. It is easier to turn the TV on and trust the friendly reporter that he is

 

telling the absolute truth.

            Even for those who understand the differences between the two sects, it

 

is hard to understand why there is a war going on over a few small details.

 

You'd think, "Why can't they just settle their differences and get along?" That is

 

kind of like saying, "Why can't conservatives and liberals just get along? They

 

aren't much different." That is eerily similar to the Shia and Sunni war, because

 

America is in the same type of civil war. Conservatives vs. Liberals. The actual

 

meaning of the two groups is long since unknown, as all you can do is pin

 

political stances and opinions on the two groups, such as all liberals being against

 

the death penalty, and all conservatives are against abortion. This very strongly

 

relates to the two Muslim sects. What a lot of Americans can't understand is the

 

strong passion and love and hate the followers are brought up with. That is all

 

they know, and they will fight for it to the end. Their life is no price to pay for

 

fighting God's war. This is the same with Muslims and Jews and Christians and

 

Muslims and so on. We all kill each other because God told us to.

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