Originally Posted by mcbear
I think we were together until that last line. Chafee is more of a left of middle of the road Republican [or as CHawk would call him - a traitor] but I believe that Saddam was pretty strongly attached to the Sunnis, at least on a political basis. So do you think he was alligned by politics only? That might make sense since the Sunnis did have the oil in their areas.
Saddam was attached to Sunna theology only insofar as his tribal ties complimented his personal ambition. What I mean by that is he came to power as a Baathist. This is a socialist movement originated by a Maronite Christian to transcend tribe and religion. It was a pan-arab political movement that resulted in the UAR, a dream of pan-arabists that died stillborn.
Saddam used the political unity of Baathism to undermine his predecessor and then murdered his fellow Baathists who were ideologues, sparing those who shifted alligence to Saddam. Saddam adopted a religious posture only during his disastrous war against Iran, in order to gain financial support from Kuwait and KSA. KSA gave money, Kuwait did not and then Saddam invaded Kuwait.
Saddam was NEVER an ardent religionist. He used religion as a tool to solidify his tribal support and oppress the Shia. The Kurds, also a Sunni people, were oppressed by Saddam, too. Wrong tribe. Sorry.
There was no oil in the original domains of the Sunni minority during the past couple of centuries. Saddam forcibly colonized Shia, Kurd, and Turkoman dominated tribal areas with his Tikriti tribal members who happened to be Sunni.