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#1 But he said fears that Assad could try to deflect world attention by provoking a conflict with Israel had proven to be unfounded.
"The military forces and Assad know very well that if they start a war against Israel, he will lose and his whole regime will be under threat," he said. "Today the Syrian military force is not ready for any kind of war."
The idea that weak regimes go in search of foreign enemies to shore up their domestic popularity is wrong-headed. Weak regimes are already having serious difficulties against their internal opponents. Fighting foreign enemies results in the expenditure of resources that these regimes need to defend themselves against their internal enemies, who are typically opposed to them not because of a clash of ideologies, but a clash of interests, as in "what's yours should really be mine". The Sunni Arabs aren't fighting for their civil liberties - they're fighting for the right to persecute or kill anyone who isn't Sunni or Arab to the last man, woman and child.
Posted by Zhang Fei 2012-05-15 00:38||
#2 Yet it is coming back full circle in to the point of whom shall fund such conflict, and many are boarish at this point.
Posted by newc 2012-05-15 01:51||
#3 if Assad actually falls, the Golan would become an Israeli "protectorate"