Wednesday, February 16, 2005


Dr. Muqtedar Khan

16 February 2005

Dr. Muqtedar Khan is Director of International Studies and Chair, Political Science Department at Adrian College in Michigan, and is a noted expert on the Middle East and Islamic affairs.

He has his own website at

While I think he may be too pessimistic in his assessment, I recommend his site to you. We were drawn to his following commentary.

"While the Sunnis of Iraq are fighting a violent Jihad against US occupation and opposing democratization to prevent Shiite hegemony over Iraq, the Shiites are engaged in their own silent Jihad. It is quite possible that the US led invasion of Iraq has replaced an overt and brutal dictatorship of Saddam Hussein with a covert and subtle dictatorship by Marja-e-Taqleed [Role Model for Emulation] Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani who is the highest-ranking Shiite authority on the planet."

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