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.