Why Is The Sunni-Shia Conflict Worsening In The Middle East

Why Sunni-Shia Conflict Is Worsening -- Geneive Abdo, Special to CNN

(CNN) -- When the influential cleric Yusuf al Qaradawi recently called on fellow Sunni Muslims to join the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, he effectively called for the Sunni-Shia conflict in the Middle East to escalate in some countries and start anew in others.

Qaradawi said he was not demonizing all Shia Muslims -- but that is precisely the effect of his inflammatory words. He denounced al-Assad's Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shia Islam, as "more infidel than Christians and Jews." signaling a broader demonization of all Shia. He also said the Lebanese Shia militia Hezbollah (whose name means "the party of God") is really "the party of the devil."

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My Comment: Both sects of Islam have been at war against each other for centuries .... but Geneive Abdo gives a good analysis on why this is escalating now.

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