In reality, any deal will fail because Syria refuses to go on board. Rationally, one would think that this action is self-defeating since it only deepens
To the outside observer, the Iranians and Saudis may be involved in a grand struggle for domination over the
The reality, however, may be that the Syrian regime only appears to be in never-never land, but understands better than its enemies that the “Arab Bismarckian Era” came to an end. They have seen the writing on the wall, with the Saudis assuming leadership of the Arab world, and increasing their assertiveness. The Assad clan is now focusing on basic survival issues; not mere regime survival, but the physical survival of the ruling clan.
In this sense, extending Lahoud’s term was not a mistake as much as a clever gamble to see how far the Assad clan can keep from the spoils of its conquests.
Pity the few brave Syrians who understand this.
Sure, the snubbing of Syria may only serve to remind it of its role as a junior partner to
But Syria can still play spoil sport thanks to its influence over a few nasties such as the PSNS, the Baath, Sleiman Junior, and last but not least, Aoun’s decreasing popularity and ever more limited mental faculties...
That much is indireclty confirmed by Al-Siyassa (H/T Fubar);
A source close to the Syrian Presidential Palace revealed that President Assad took the initiative to call his counterpart, Iranian President Ahmadinejad, upon [the latter’s] return form Ryad this past Sunday, in order to be appraised of the results of the Saudi-Iranian discussions. [The source has confirmed] that Assad was in a [rather foul mood] after his phone conversation, leading his close collaborators to attempt to calm his anger and to convince him not to [cut-off relations] with the Iranians.
The source further confirmed to Al-Siyassa that Assad’s anger was such that he was hurling curses and insults on the Iranians, clearly demonstrating that he had heard words from Ahmadinejad that he did not expected to hear, especially concerning the Lebanese dossier and the issue of the [Hairiri Tribunal].
The source further confirmed that President Assad’s collaborators managed to convince him not to escalate matters with Teheran under the current situation, but rather to investigate the means still available [to Syria] to scuttle the Saudi-Iranian understanding to settle the Lebanese crisis and pass the International Tribunal, especially that either Iranian foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, or Ali Larijani, Secretary-General of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council, would soon visit Damascus over the coming few days to inform the President Assad as to Tehran’s final decision regarding its [planned course of action in the region].
Size does not matter in the Syria-Iran partnership, where the leader may not be the bigger partner. It is likely that the Assad clan may be using the Iranians as a useful lightning rod to divert much unwanted American attention, and advance their own agenda. The Mullahs, for all their oil money, are no supermen...
Deal, or No Deal?
More crucially, the Iranians are no Levantines…, and may well end up being played like fools by their Syrian allies.
In the meantime,
It is either Beirut or Lattaquieh;
A few good men (H/T Fubar; Follow-up, March 8th, 2007)
Our modern version of the 30-year war got more “interesting” with the disappearance of the Pasdaran general Ali Reza Asgari. There has been much underhanded cloak and dagger fun between
The first assumption is that the
A second possibility is that the Americans decided to retaliate against the Iranians for their support of insurgents in
The most plausible is the first possibility; he defected, since he cashed in the house and since his family disappeared as well. There are now reports attributed to “Senior
A fourth dancer invited herself (Follow-up, March 8th, 2007)
With this in mind, the Jaw-Jaw in Lebanon has reached a new low, with the proposal to have the Saudis name the 11th minister, a Quisling by another master…
Coming from Siniora, one would have expected better. Not only does it go against the very claim of independence, but if the Iranian general has really defected, this exposes
Then again, we have to remind ourselves of the true nature of March 14th; the lame protecting us from the insane. They have an unwelcome propensity to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Recall the elections?