Fundamentalist Shi'ites; "We Will Defeat Iraq and Then Chase the Americans out of the Middle East with Their Own Weapons." - Ayatollah Khomeini (1980)
IF there are today approximately one million and a half overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) working in the Middle East and countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea basin, with currently 4,000 workers in high-risk Iraq, it is to the self-preservation and national security interest of the Philippines to monitor closely the deep-seated animosity, political tensions, and bitter histories that characterize the policies and outlook of Middle East countries, such as Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon where the majority of the respective populations belong to the Shiite religious sect, or adherents of the Shia branch of Islam, and where Shiite Muslim mullahs, or clerics, are followed fanatically and blindly by the majority of the citizens which are mostly impoverished.
Although the …
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Publication information: Article title: Fundamentalist Shi'ites; "We Will Defeat Iraq and Then Chase the Americans out of the Middle East with Their Own Weapons." - Ayatollah Khomeini (1980). Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Manila Bulletin. Publication date: September 28, 2004. Page number: Not available. © 2009 Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp. COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group.
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