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Posted by trailing wife 2012-12-16 00:00||
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#1 They are killing each other. Poke 'em with a stick.
Posted by Threater Flusoper9823 2012-12-16 06:08||
#2 An Alawite allying with Sunni Islamists in a majority Sunni Muslim country makes about as much long run sense as a mouse allying with an owl.
Posted by Zhang Fei 2012-12-16 13:17||
#3 Yah, but he did it, just like he and his poppa did so much to wreck Lebanon's sovereignity over the years, which we can now say didn't make sense...
Posted by Thing From Snowy Mountain 2012-12-16 14:28||
#4 Hell you're both right, I don't get it.
Altho it would cause maximum mayhem, which makes sense, in a ME sort of way.
Posted by Shipman 2012-12-16 14:52||
#5 Yah, but he did it, just like he and his poppa did so much to wreck Lebanon's sovereignity over the years, which we can now say didn't make sense...
Syria has traditionally viewed Lebanon as a province, so that makes sense. Annexing Lebanon helps dilute Syria's Sunni majority. His reason for backing Hamas probably had to do with Iranian subsidies. Ultimately, I have to wonder about the extent to which Hamas's presence in Syria allowed Islamists some room for maneuver there. A real poisoned chalice. Ultimately, if Assad falls, and Hamas was a factor, Iran will have sacrificed a queen (Syria) for a pawn (Hamas) that in the long run would have been opposed to the Persian Shiites, anyway.
Posted by Zhang Fei 2012-12-16 16:18||