Thursday, December 06, 2012

Ahead of Meeting Lavrov, Clinton Calls Assad's Fall 'Inevitable'


The top diplomats of the United States and Russia will meet regarding Syria's civil war, which is on the verge of either ending or turning into a far worse--and perhaps wider--conflict. Read more.

Russia's support for Assad is appalling--but understandable. With all the border changes over the last two decades, it is still possible to get into a car or truck and … drive … from Damascus to Moscow. The East, as Russians are used to referring to the region, is a mysterious--and dangerously close--place from the Kremlin's perspective. An Arab Spring/Islamist/Al Qaeda-sympathizing regime in the Arab capital would be seen by Russia's leaders as a cancerous tumor bound to spread. A tumor implanted in the heart of the Arab world with Western assistance … even after 9/11, when decades of covert backing for the clerical fascist creed known as rightwing political Islam, or Islamism, blew back most horrifically in Washington's face. A tumor with a vital network of blood vessels extending into … or emanating from … Cairo's Muslim Brotherhood headquarters and the palaces of Persian Gulf states cynically seeking to manipulate a menace that cannot be manipulated, as history as shown time and again.

POSTSCRIPT: That Syria seems to be following the Libyan script is worse than alarming in view of the ways in which Libyan arms ended up in Al Qaeda hands--and were used against Israel. Should the same thing happen in Syria, Israel could be hit with a chemical attack.