So I think the American military can do more. How, I don’t know; I’m not a military man. Should they deploy ground forces? Should they equip the Peshmerega? The only reliable forces who are fighting against IS on the ground are the Peshmerga. …
How is Iran becoming involved, and why? What might this lead to? How might it ultimately affect the Christian communities of the Middle East?
Shiites in Iraq are the majority, and they were ruled by a Sunni minority. Having a Shia state in Iran, the Shia in Iraq consider themselves committed or loyal to them. so it’s a good tool for Iranian politicians to use. … But are Christians under Shia better or under Sunnis better? I would ask, rather: Are the Christians worse under Shia than under Sunni? No, I would say that under Shia it’s bad, but under Sunni are worse.
This doctrine of Shi’ites is more flexible. They can accept debate, can accept dialogue. They are not Salafists: what’s been done 1000 years ago—how they were eating, what they were wearing, how they had their hair or their beards should be done now.
At the end of the day [Iran is] a Sharia state.
I cannot understand America’s position. They are so harsh against Iran, while they are so friendly with Saudi Arabia, while the curriculum in Saudi Arabia is the source of all education of terrorist groups: all terrorists all over the world who are attacking with suicide bombs, Sept. 11, the Taliban, are all Sunnis, they are driven by the Wahabis, and by the education in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. But for Mr. Obama and other countries, Saudi Arabia is an ally and a good friend. This I cannot understand.
John Burger is news editor for Aleteia’s English edition.