Syria's Civil War Is Bigger than Syria Itself

(Washington Post) Jim Hoagland - Assad's government "has become a killing machine," says Turki bin Faisal of Saudi Arabia, one of the kingdom's most senior princes and a former chief of intelligence. "The killing has to stop....This kind of leadership is unacceptable. Change in Syria is now inevitable." Unlike the upheaval that ousted entrenched leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and (it seems) Yemen, the outcome in Syria will shift the balance of power in a larger civil war within Islam that has raged for three decades between the Sunni-dominated countries in and near the Arabian Peninsula and the revolutionary Shiite regime in Iran, Syria's most important foreign ally.

2011-12-16 00:00:00

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