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Perhaps the most intractable challenge of all is bridging the sectarian rift between the country's Shiite and Sunni citizens.What matters today is that Shiites and Sunnis relate to their past differently, and that this historical memory can be distorted – and even invented – to create mistrust and hate.The rule of Al-Nasir – who viewed the Shiites as an intrinsic part of the Islamic community and sought to treat all of his subjects equally – was characterized by a marked decrease in sectarian tensions.The U.S. destruction of the Iraqi state brought about a precarious new order that sought to redress years of Sunni dominance by favoring Shiites. However, the shock of sudden Sunni disempowerment generated a discourse, widely shared in the Muslim world, in which Shiites colluded in the U.S. occupation of Iraq – a view reinforced by events in Syria.As long as Sunnis and Shiites refuse to think about their past together, it is difficult to foresee a tranquil future together.
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