Analysis: The internationalization of the Syrian civil war

It may turn into a regional war or better worse.

As the Obama administration announced it would begin sending aid in the form of light arms and ammunition to the Syrian opposition via the CIA, Iran has taken the decision to send some 4,000 of its elite Republican Guard fighters to aid the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, the British Independent reported on Sunday. The Iranian deployment, if and when it happens, comes after the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist group sent thousands of its fighters to bolster Assad’s forces. Hezbollah has effectively gone “all in” in support of Assad’s regime.

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On the Sunni side, Islamists from across the region have joined the battle against Assad’s Alawite regime, backed as it is by the Shiite Hezbollah, who Sunni clerics have now called “The Party of the Devil,” a play on Hezbollah’s meaning “The Party of God.” The more Islamist-dominated rebel forces are being backed financially and materially by Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Up to 3,000 American “advisers” are now believed to be in Jordan, the Independent reports. It’s not known how many advisors Russia has in Syria, but the Russians do have an active port in Tartous, and Russian experts will need to train Syrian officers in the use and maintenance of the S-300 systems. Chechen Islamists fighting against Assad in Syria are reportedly in possession of advanced anti-aircraft weapons; and there are reports of hundreds of European Muslims fighting for the rebels in Syria.

We have no allies or friends within the rebel ranks, but let’s go help — somebody. How about al Qaeda? They are always good for a laugh — didn’t some guy named Ben Ghazi laugh himself to death last year? Small arms, maybe a no-fly zone, troops and support aircraft already in Jordan. So? There’s probably nothing to loose that’s worth having, so let’s go at it. Red Lines and all that. President Obama can’t continue to be disrespected as a weak indecisive pussy, and besides it all about playing leapfrog with Iran, Egypt, Russia and other friendlies. What could possibly go wrong? So let’s have a lovely little war. 

Don’t pay attention to that bimbo Sarah Palin.

“Militarily, where is our commander in chief? We’re talking now more new interventions. I say until we know what we’re doing, until we have a commander in chief who knows what he’s doing, well, let these radical Islamic countries who aren’t even respecting basic human rights, where both sides are slaughtering each other as they scream over an arbitrary red line, ‘Allah Akbar,’ I say until we have someone who knows what they’re doing, I say let Allah sort it out,” Palin said at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference.

That’s easy for her to say. What does a mere pretty girl like her know? One so stupid that she thinks she can see Russia from her front porch? Let’s just trust President Obama to do whatever he thinks best for himself the country. Which country? Who knows; maybe he does.

Israel Hayom | Analysis: The internationalization of the Syrian civil war.

America sending light arms • Russia sending S-300 and MiGs • Iran sending 4,000 elite troops • Chechen Islamists fighting Assad have anti-aircraft missiles • Jordan, Egypt cut off diplomatic relations with Damascus • Israel, U.S. plan for WMD strike.

Amir Mizroch
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About danmillerinpanama

I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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9 Responses to Analysis: The internationalization of the Syrian civil war

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  2. bunkerville says:

    Bimbo or not, I think it best if Allah indeed worked it out. Our regime is clueless and uninterested in foreign affairs. The Ottoman Empire rises again regardless of the super powers. As mr. Lawrence said, a cruel and barbarous people reside there. I suggest thatThey prefer living in the Stone Age. Let them kill each other.

  3. Here’s a link to the video I tried to embed. Apparently, that does not work in re-blogs.

  4. Ruvy says:

    Dan, this is all BS. Just because it is ISRAELI BS doesn’t make the stink less. The deal is simple. SYRIA is no longer an independent country. Ever since daddy Assad kicked the bucket, it has been a dependency of the Iranian régime. The Alawites needed a means to stay in power and the Shi’ites, who are sorta related, took them under their wing. LEBANON has been under the Iranian thumb since 2000, when Israel troops running away made it possible for the Iranians to turn HizbAllah into their army controlling “ya Libnán”. Another way to put it is that Syria and Lebanon have become the western provinces of a revived Persian Empire.

    So this entire very bloody war is an effort to dislodge Iran from these two western provinces. Iran works hand-in-glove with Russia and China. And Iran’s enemy is the United States, which tries to gull the European powers into helping it.. Israel is stuck in the middle between two mortal enemies. But that is not the point. The point is that too many Israelis cannot see the forest for the trees.

    Behold, sire, the forest. The fire to consume it has already begun!

    • Thanks, Ruvy

      Unfortunately, I find it difficult to see United States intervention as putting out, or even limiting, the fire. If we went in full force, just maybe, even though with our “new and improved” rules of engagement that probably would not turn out well. But we are not going to do that. Instead, we are likely to tip-toe in and around the edge of the forest while the arsonists do their things. If something odd happens and there is some “nation building” to accomplish, that also seems unlikely to turn out well.

      What do you think we (the United States) should do?


      • Ruvy says:

        Run away! Run far, far away!! Stay OUT of the Middle East. Americans belong here ONLY as tourists lugging American Tourister bags. Any other kind of involvement will result in American BODY bags.

      • In response to Ruvy’s comment immediately below, I doubt that even extreme adventure tourists would have much fun, assuming that they survived. Other than that, I agree. As that “bimbo” Sarah Palin said, “let Allah sort it out.” You betcha!

  5. Brittius says:

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    Here’s another fine mess..!

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