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WATCH: Imam of the Holy Mosque in Mecca Fires Artillery into Yemen

The Imam of the Holy Mosque in Mecca, one of the most important religious officials in Saudi Arabia, has ceremonially fired Saudi artillery into Yemen. This YouTube video was tweeted out by Ali H. Soufan, the head of the Soufan Group, a New York-based security consultancy, earlier today:

The worst-case scenario for the Middle East is a regional sectarian war. When a prominent religious authority participates in military propaganda like this, it’s yet another sign that creeping, violent polarization could spread beyond the immediate situation in Yemen.

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  • ljgude

    Those people who claim that radical Islam only represents a tiny minority of the religion as a whole can, I am sure, dismiss this sort of thing as they do all the rest of the evidence to the contrary. Not even the guards at Dachau hollered ‘God is Great’ when they dropped the Zyklon B down the shower vents. Like Bibi said last week at the UN ‘the greatest danger in the world today is the nexus between radical Islam and nuclear weapons.

  • Jim__L

    It also says something about Islam as it is practiced in Saudi Arabia. It is fair to say that today’s Saudi Islam is violent in ways that, say, the Southern Baptist Convention and the Catholic Church are not.

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