One Great Big War

Whatís the biggest threat to world peace right now? Despite the horror, itís not chemical weapons in Syria. Itís not even, for the moment, an Iranian nuclear weapon. Instead, itís the possibility of a wave of sectarian strife building across the Middle East.
The Syrian civil conflict is both a proxy war and a combustion point for spreading waves of violence. This didnít start out as a religious war. But both Sunni and Shiite power players are seizing on religious symbols and sowing sectarian passions that are rippling across the region. The Saudi and Iranian powers hover in the background fueling each side.

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