Olivier Guitta has written an eye-opening piece about Iran’s campaign to win converts to extremist Shiite ideology. Although we’ve seen this to some degree succeed in Iraq (but more so rejected), it is interesting that Iran is trying to win converts among Sunnis and Shiite populations that have not directly seen how horrible extremist Shiite rule is. The Iranian people have rejected it because they’ve experienced it. The Iraqi people have mostly rejected it for the same reason. The same process will happen among Shiites in Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, etc., but before that learning process happens, lots of death, destruction and destabilization will occur.
Guitta writes that some reporting indicates Syrian converts are given $10,000. Syria, despite its past outlawing of it, is allowing this proselytizing and allowed “hundreds” of Iranian mullahs into the country. Eleven Shiite religious schools have been set up in Syria, which educate 17,000.
Guitta outlines a massive outreach program launched by Iran, not dissimilar to what Saudi Arabia has done since the 1970s. And we all know how much good came from that.