Just so there is no confusion: when I write about Wahabi/Salafis, I trust knowledgeable Muslims on the issue. I don’t know anything more about them theologically than the Assad supporters who denounce them so vociferously as a plague on the body politic. I come from the Christian tradition & still can’t tell the difference between an Evangelical & a Fundamentalist & it’s been spelled out to me a hundred times, maybe more. Evangelicals play an important role in Zionist politics so you’d think I’d come to grips with the distinctions.

When you consider how the Wahabi scare is used against the Syrian revolution, Kashmiris, Rohingya, & others, you understand the importance in politics of not talking through your hat.