The Syrian Civil War is looking every day more and more like the Civil War in Spain. Just as fascists, communists, and anarchists from all over Europe streamed into Spain, so Sunnis and Shiites are flocking to Syria.Sam Dagher reports for the Wall Street Journal:
Shiite fighters, primarily from Lebanon, Iran and Iraq, are now flowing into Syria in greater numbers to bolster government forces, say Syrians familiar with them. They are arriving to defend Mr. Assad’s regime, but more fundamentally to protect the Shiite faith from what they see as a regional Sunni onslaught, say people in Seyda Zeinab [a town on Damascus’s southern fringe] and the fighters’ hometowns.
This is a bad thing for Syria, for the region, and for the United States. The radical fighters who are trained here and get experience in combat will return to create new wars and devastation all over the Middle East. International jihadis will gain experience and contacts with their fellows from all over the world. New networks of funders will be established, and many more people will come to understand how to smuggle arms and explosives across international frontiers, how to exploit the holes in the international banking system, and otherwise get a practical training in the craft of jihad.Washington’s long dithering over the Syrian war has created a heaven-sent opportunity for some of the most dangerous people in the world to become even more formidable. If we had a Republican in the White House, the press would be worried about this. Fortunately, there is a Democrat at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and so there is no need to worry about the future.[Troops of the Foreign Legion fighting in the Spanish Civil War, courtesy Getty Images.]