Syria is a mess. It is difficult to envision a more radical Syria.
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“but losing its only state ally could nudge the Iranian leadership further toward the acquisition of nuclear weapons.”
OMG!! You mean that Iranian leadership isn’t going after nukes now?
I would be interested in seeing commentary on how a scenario like this would play out in a Europe that is both economically compromised and facing a growing Islamic immigrant population.
What does this even mean?
All this sounds good to me. If the Islamic world is focused on killing each other, then they are not focused on trying to destroy Israel.
It’s a shame that Damascus, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, is under the control of inhuman monsters. The lost opportunities for archeological study, not to mention historical tourism, is tragic. A decent stewardship of the valuable treasures that exist there would bring large rewards if those in a position to reap them were themselves decent people. I’m glad I got to see it before it became a difficult and dangerous thing to do.
The Arab Spring is an opportunity of a lifetime. Rather than wringing our hands about increasing radicalization in the Muslim world, we must set about exploiting it to our advantage. Foster the split between Shiite and Sunni. Cultivate all the schisms and fractures which make the Muslim world such a sewer of intolerance and backwardness. Make money off of arms sales. Reap windfalls by finally being paid by the snakes in Saudi Arabia to protect and deliver their oil to the world. Cheap gas. Muslims fighting each other rather than waging Jihad in Europe and America. Less money in Muslms pockets to wage Jihad. More money in our pockets to keep them fighting and leaving us alone.
Don’t forget about the Kurds and their long goal of a homeland. Unjustly kept apart, let us support their independence movement!
We’re sure to do all of this perfectly correctly with minimal blowback. Sure, the price of gas will go down when the Muslim world is engulfed in a large war! That makes total sense… As for “fostering the split between Shi’a and Sunni,” that’s just an odd thing to say.
Yes let’s help them commit suicide. They’re quite insistent on it anyway.
Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon are constructs of countries with artificial borders and many minorities and few majorities.
In a perfect world each group would attempt to harmonize its relationships with its neighbors.
With Iranian and and an undefined Salafist influence, the best course of action at present would seem to be an arms embargo enforced by NATO, the Turks, and Iraq, which would not only undermine the Syrian regime, but Hezbollah as well, who have had Lebanon in a stranglehold and are acting as Assad’s henchmen from many reports.
The Iraqi border is now a sieve in the opposite direction from 2004/2005.
By enforcing some sort of embargo of arms from Russia and Iran, I believe a Syria that is not interfering in the affairs of its neighbors might help create the conditions for a more stable Middle East.
Unfortunately, the United States is turning its back at the precise time when our good services might be of the greatest benefit. Nothing like a Baby Huey foreign policy.
What # 7 said — YES!!!
I wish that war and the killing of innocents would cease. Failing that, let killers kill one another and leave us alone.
Where will the expat Iraqi Baathists move when Syria goes boom?
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I hope the Kurds tear off the artificial piece of Syria that constrains the oppressed Kurds and they join with their brethren in northern Iraq. Then the Kurdish guerrilla war in Iran can gather more support too.
It will cut Syria down to size and represent less of a home for the terrorists and the Israeli haters.
It is a delight that the Iranians mullahs have wasted all this money on a collapsing ally and home of terrorist fronts.
It was radical from the beginning; it never was a truly “democratic” movement.
So logically Assad should be supported.
To stop even larger scale mayhem and murder and to prevent the infection from spreading.
Its very late.
Now ,even John Kerry is suggesting the U.S consider the setting up of safe-areas and arming the opposition.
Consider? At this late date.
Its always worthwhile suggesting that this plan be adopted a.s.a.p.
It couldn’t hurt.
“…radical Sunnis in Damascus will not be able to get along with the mullahs in Iran either. From the U.S. point of view, that is not such a bad result..”
It’s an ideal result.
@stephen – that’s arming Al Qaeda. The Hamburg cell BTW was schooled by Syrian MB chased out by Daddy Assad in 83. Also you may want to google this guy – Abu Musab al-Suri aka the Syrian. Released by Baby Assad Dec 11. He’s charter Jihadist, Charter AQ, and their leading living intellectual Thinker.
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