According to, more than 1,000 people were killed in May, which made it the bloodiest month since the sectarian violence of 2006-2007. This only confirms that civil war is inevitable for Iraq.
There are two main forms Islamic religion in Iraq in Shia or Shiite and Sunni. The difference is the belief of who was the real successor to Muhammad. This difference of opinion still plagues the region to this day.
Once Muhammad died his successors were known as Caliphs. Sunni’s believe the line of succession after Mohammad was Umar, Uthman and then Ali, which is called the Rightly Guided to them. Shia Muslims believe Ali was Muhammad’s rightful successor, because it’s believed that he was born in the holy shrine of Kaaba in Mecca.
Kaaba in the times of Muhammad was a shrine to Arabian Tribal Gods. Muhammad claimed the site to be a shine to Allah alone, so with it being the first shrine dedicated to Allah it became the holiest places.
It sounds trivial, but remember the region has only been out of empirical rule for under 100 years, which means it is pretty much is still in a political structure of our middle ages where religious rulers ruled the land.
So, what does this mean for the region?
It means that civil war is inevitable for the region and Iraq for probably the next century until it learns that violence isn’t the way to get things solved. Even though the religion is based on peace, people aren’t perfect and they are going to let views and emotions cloud their mind.
The first problem is the fact that the country’s former dictator. Saddam Hussein was a Sunni that tortured and killed Shia Muslims from the day that he came into power in 1979.
Saddam over 30 years tortured Shia Muslim Clerics and their families. He was so notorious for this that his two sons Uday and Qusay even got into the family business when they became of age.
Another problem is that in this part of the world they have a culture of just being plain stubborn. A good example of this is Czechoslovakia prior to WWI was part of the Austro Hungarian Empire. It became an independent nation in 1918 when the Austro Hungarian Empire collapsed.
After the Soviet Union relinquished control of the country back to its people, the country’s two main ethnic groups of Czechs and Slovaks disagreed on how to go about things. This eventually led the two countries becoming independent republics
This in the end civil war is inevitable for Iraq and its neighboring countries. Just hopefully the U.S. never gets into another war in the region any time soon as there is so much hatred between the two groups that it will take a very long time for things to finally settle down.
By: Paul Kasprzak