Saudi Arabia’s execution of Shiite cleric ignites protests, threats, international outrage

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Iraqi men hold a banner of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, as they prepare to hang it in a street in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, January 3, 2016. Banner reads, "We belong to Allah and to Him shall we return".  REUTERS/Essam Al-Sudani

Iraqi men hold a banner of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, as they prepare to hang it in a street in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, January 3, 2016. Banner reads, "We belong to Allah and to Him shall we return". REUTERS/Essam Al-Sudani

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The U.S. State Department said killing Nimr al Nimr, a critic of the strict Wahhabi school of Islam favored in the Saudi kingdom, "risks exacerbating sectarian tensions."

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  • Islam is headed for its Reformations. And it looks bloody already.

    Christianity has blown itself up over the details of theology several times which is why it is finally dying off. Who would ever want to have a war over “Transubstantiation” again? Good grief!

    But Islam is just getting started. Hopefully the internet will reach these societies first and create more atheists before the world blows up.
    Non-Belief is not a perfect answer but it has fewer fanatics – and it makes fairer societies than religion ever did.

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  • Peter

    I think Iran probably is wondering if they better like the Americans a bit more, even their “Great Satan” does not hold Kangaroo court over Muslim’s or execute people due to religion, or for that matter ever persecute a minority based on their religious beliefs

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  • Larry

    Despite the “Great Satan” rhetoric, Saudi Arabia was always considered the more serious threat to Iran. Saudi Arabia and Gulf States bankrolled Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Iran in 1980, sparking the longest and bloodiest war in the Middle East at the time. The Saudi/Iranian cold war has been playing out in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq behind the scenes. Even the Israel/Palestinian conflict is directly affected by it (Fatah is Saudi backed, Hamas used to be an Iran proxy).

    Plus we just bought 95% of Iran’s substandard low grade enriched uranium and barely functioning functioning centrifuges at blackmail prices. Iran doesn’t exactly fear us right now.

  • Observer

    Islam has witnessed the fighting between the Sunni and Shia split for 1300 years. The West cannot expect either of these factions to be a friend or ally in an real sense to Europe or the US as long as each is subject to religious fanatics. The West needs to find alternatives to oil and leave these two religious factions to fight until they can settle their disputes or have as one said a real Reformation. Saudi Arabia is not our ally and never has been. With our history with Iran (nuclear deals aside); we should not expect any Iranian Olive branches unless the Russians seek to control the area.