In this article, I put forward the claim that Shia revival, crescent, belt, awakening, whatever you name it, is not a natural movement of the events in the Middle East but a diligently worked-out game plan by Western think tanks, intel agencies and Iranian regime to disrupt the political stability of Muslim countries and wreak permanent havoc.

When we scrutinize the developments in the post-Iraq Middle East, the pre-Iraq ‘forecasts’ and and analyses of major western think tanks and the American-Israeli indifference to the Iran-sponsored Shia awakening, we notice that Iran has been subtly and indirectly encouraged and given green light to take over the government in Shia-majority Iraq and launch a Shia resurrection campaign in several countries. Ironically, the ‘war on terror’ which was invented by white and mostly Zionist think tanks, targeted only the Sunni movements in the Muslim world. RAND and other powerful public policy organizations have always trivialized Shia militancy in Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Gaza, Bahrain, and Yemen.

There is ample and growing support for the claim that Shia Islam and its custodian Iran was spared the wrath of the pushers of the new world order. While Sunni Islam has been punished in Egypt and Turkey where elected president Morsi was coup-replaced by dictator Sisi and Turkish President Erdogan demonized on all platforms; Iran has been rewarded for decades. Sunni Arab spring spiraled into a winter, not to mention that Qaddafi and Saddam were killed.

On the basis of chronological events that led to the Iraq war, it seems fair to suggest that, in the absence of an enemy after the unpredicted collapse of the Soviet Union, western think tanks felt compelled to create a new enemy to be utilized by the ‘powers that be’. They came up with the notion of ‘Islamic terrorism’ and planted radical ideologies in countries like Afghanistan and Iraq through covert operations. These two countries were extremely important to the interests of the global establishment; Afghanistan in Eurasia because of its proximity to China and Russia and the availability of angry, ignorant warriors in the war-torn land; Iraq in the Mid East because of its vast oil fields and demographic suitability to ignite and start the Sunni-Shia clashes. To that end, sudden birth and growth of ISIS, an allegedly ‘Sunni’ terrorist organization whose ideology and infrastructure never existed in Iraq or elsewhere until then, fanned the Shia-Sunni ordeal in an effort to eternalize the hostile environment and export it to neighboring countries. Another key point to remember is that we never heard Sunnis exploding a Shia shrine on an Ashura Day, or Shiites tearing apart a Sunni mosque until the 1990s in the 1400-year-old history of Islam. These horrible explosions became the commonplace agenda of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan since the Iraq war that claimed hundreds of thousands of Muslim lives.

Historically, Arab Shiite communities across the region rejected to be mentally or physically dominated by racially different Iran until the Iraq War and ISIS. They lived peacefully in Sunni countries and only held peaceful protests when there were oppressions or injustices.

“Shia hold different citizenships and are loyal to their own governments unless they are being oppressed”, said Washington DC-based Shia Rights Watch director Mustafa Akhwand in 2014. Iran’ization of the Shia sect has brought unprecedented suffering to millions of people, not to mention thousands of deaths. Powerful Iraqi Shia leader Ayatollah Sistani has also always defied the Iranian influence in the region on the grounds that it will bring nothing but troubles to Shia populations in the Middle East.

So, contrary to popular belief, Iran doesn’t have a firm grip on all Shiites. It cannot win the hearts of all Shiites or dominate the Shia territories on its own.

Is a secret hand, by utilizing ISIS and other brands of ‘Sunni’ radicalism, scaring the Shiites living in the Muslim countries, weakening their allegiance to their homelands and obligating them to accept the protection and taxation of Iran?

Success Of Iran Lobby In The West

In the case of Shia revival, looks like the smart guys want to make Shia Islam more palatable to the world and shine its image through CNN-backed Iran fans such as Vali Nasr, Fouad Ajami, Reza Aslan, (all Shiite except Nasr who is an Iranian Jew) and many others. Notably, sanctions imposed on Iran were lifted by the Obama administration and USA somehow turned a blind eye to human rights violations and atrocities of Iran in Syria for several years. In other words, decades of anti-Iran sentiment in Washington inexplicably was replaced with an Iran-mania overnight.

Powerful, agenda-setting think tanks such as CFR, RAND and Brooking Institute started discussing the Shia revival issue with the onset of Iraq war in early 2000s. Ironically, the consensus view seems to be that these organizations analyze important developments not after they have happened but before they happen.

All things considered, it seems reasonable to assume that Shia agenda is not pushed solely by the expansionist Iran; but also by the major colonial powers that need ‘war zones’ to feed the appetite of their war economies.

How To Abort The Shia Revival Project?

Sunni countries must maximize the freedom of their Shiite minorities and embrace them much more than ever. Anti-Shia sentiments could urge many Shiites to ask Iran for protection, identity preservation and political representation. That would only butter the the bread of warmongers.

Vakkas Dogantekin
President, TURCA
Twitter: vdogantekin