The Functional Usage of Sectarian Imagery and Slogans: From the Iran-Iraq War to the Syrian Conflict
Why is Hezbullah using the heavy duty Shia-specific sectarian charged slogans?
What happened to the Pan Islamic slogans?
The irrational exuberance did not last long. And one key reason is the Iraq-Iran war of 1980-1988.
Just as the usage of this tactic by the Ayatollah Khomeini aggravated Sunni-Shia relations for years, the current usage is worsening the relations and the salience of the grievances- real and imagined. The aggravation caused by the 1980-1988 war was later ameliorated with the Hizbullah fighting the Israeli occupation of Southern Lebanon.
The damage happening now will be forever with us thanks/ no thanks to the digitial record that includes Facebook, Youtube, twitter, etc.