Deep Hatred Ripples Across Iraq

[New York Sun] Youssef Ibrahim - The Shiite rituals surrounding Saddam Hussein's execution on Saturday are rippling across the Muslim world. Clearly, the Iraqi Shiite prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki, was deliberate in insulting Arab Sunni Muslims inside and outside Iraq when he set the execution for the day they began to celebrate Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice. Shiite Muslims didn't begin their celebration of Eid al-Adha until Sunday. The Shiite clergy in Iraq, all the way up to the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, okayed the decision. So did the Shiite power next door, Iran, which declared it a day of celebration.

2007-01-03 01:00:00

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