MIDDLE EAST ON THE BRINK OF WAR

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1 Sahil Badruddin = ""Peter Mansbridge: How much of the problem in Afghanistan is a result of the decision on the part of the Americans and the British to move into Iraq? Aga Khan: Very substantial indeed. The invasion of Iraq was something which has mobilised what we call the Ummah, that is, the community of Muslims around the world. Every Muslim that I have ever talked to has felt engaged by this. [Emphasis original] Peter Mansbridge: On what level? What do you mean? Aga Khan: Baghdad is one of the great historic cities of the Islamic world. Iraq is not a new country. It's part of the history of our civilisation. It's been a pluralist country. Great philosophers, great historians, great scientists. Reverse the question again. What would the Christian world think if a Muslim army attacked Rome? I think there would be a general reaction in the Christian world, not just an Italian reaction? Peter Mansbridge: But it seems that, even in the Muslim world, that invasion has caused major divisions, the clash inside Islam itself between Shia and Sunni. Aga Khan: Well, that was entirely predictable. Entirely predictable. There was nothing unpredictable. What you were effectively doing is replacing a Sunni minority government in the country that had a Shia demographic majority. Again, take the case out of its situation. What would happen -- and I'm sorry to come back to this, but it's important -- if a Muslim army went in to Northern Ireland and replaced one Christian interpretation by another? Imagine the fallout that that would cause in the Christian world itself. Peter Mansbridge: So what happens now? Can Iraq be put back together? And who would be doing the putting back together? Aga Khan: I think that's a very, very difficult question, and I would not want to predict the answer because I think that the whole process of change in Iraq has regional dimensions which have got to be managed. They're not just national dimensions in Iraq. Those regional dimensions also were predictable, let's be quite frank about it, and I think they're going to need to be managed with very, very great care." His Highness the Aga Khan's 2006 CBC Interview (3rd) with Peter Mansbridge (Ottawa, Canada)"