Slaying the Syria-Iran-Hizbullah Hydra

(National Interest) Hossein Askari - If the Tehran regime were to fall, Syria's Assad would be isolated and forced to compromise with his Arab brethren and as well as with the U.S.; if Assad were to fall, Iran's mullahs would face insurmountable hurdles in supporting Hizbullah; and with the fall of either the mullahs or Assad, Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah's days would be numbered (and with the fall of both his days would be almost over). Lower oil prices and more demands on its limited foreign-exchange earnings and reserves are the Achilles' heels of the Tehran regime. Washington should be persuading oil exporters, especially Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait, to increase exports and exceed their OPEC quota in order to lower oil prices. The U.S. has not yet sanctioned the central bank of Iran; this would help increase Iran's import costs and put a further squeeze on its foreign-exchange earnings.

2011-07-27 00:00:00

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