Accession Number:

ADA422123

Title:

The United States and Iraq's Shi'ite Clergy: Partners or Adversaries?

Descriptive Note:

Monograph rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2004-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

55.0

Abstract:

The author addressed the critical need to gain the cooperation or at least the passive tolerance of the Shiite clerics and community. Such an effort could become more challenging as time goes on, and one of the recurring themes of this monograph is the declining patience of the Shiite clergy with the U.S. presence. By describing the attitudes, actions, and beliefs of major Shiite clerics, the author underscores a set of worldviews that are profoundly different from those of the U.S. authorities currently in Iraq and Washington. Some key Shiite clerics are deeply suspicious of the United States, exemplified by conspiracy theories. These suggest that Saddams ouster was merely a convenient excuse, allowing the United States to implement its own agenda. Other clerical leaders are more open-minded but not particularly grateful for the U.S. presence, despite their utter hatred for Saddam and his regime.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE