Originally Posted by mhgaffney
The Assad regime had its strength in the Alawite sect -- which I believe is a kind of Shi'a Islam.
But under Assad the Alawites were tolerant of both Sunnis and Shias.
The CIA backed insurgency in Syria seems likely to cause mayhem -- and very likely a civil war between Sunni and Shia.
It's hard to see how this helps US interests -- we ought to be using our influence to promote long term stability.
The present US support for violent regime change is destabilizing the whole region --
It's hard to see how chaos in Syria helps Israel -tho the hard line Netanyahu gv't is undoubtedly assisting the rebels.
Makes you wonder: is anyone (sane) at the wheel? It appears not.
It's almost like the cold war ending. American policy is bringing muslim dictators to their knees. Just like the Soviets though what follows won't be really that great for America. They will still hate us and hate Israel as well.