Day: October 18, 2006

Article: Can You Tell a Sunni From a Shiite?

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From the October 17, 2006, NYT:

Can You Tell a Sunni From a Shiite?
By JEFF STEIN

FOR the past several months, I’ve been wrapping up lengthy interviews with Washington counterterrorism officials with a fundamental question: “Do you know the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite?”

A “gotcha” question? Perhaps. But if knowing your enemy is the most basic rule of war, I don’t think it’s out of bounds. And as I quickly explain to my subjects, I’m not looking for theological explanations, just the basics: Who’s on what side today, and what does each want?

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