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Syria: Hamas Official Arrested By Assad's Forces
2012-12-16
[Ynet] Paleostinian sources in Syria have reported that forces belonging to Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Lord of the Baath...
have locked away
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
a senior Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, figure in the Homs area.

The man, Abu Islam A-Shalbi, was taken to Qazi's guesthouse an undisclosed location after forces raided his Homs residence.
Posted by:trailing wife

#5  Yah, but he did it, just like he and his poppa did so much to wreck Lebanon's sovereignity over the years, which we can now say didn't make sense...

Syria has traditionally viewed Lebanon as a province, so that makes sense. Annexing Lebanon helps dilute Syria's Sunni majority. His reason for backing Hamas probably had to do with Iranian subsidies. Ultimately, I have to wonder about the extent to which Hamas's presence in Syria allowed Islamists some room for maneuver there. A real poisoned chalice. Ultimately, if Assad falls, and Hamas was a factor, Iran will have sacrificed a queen (Syria) for a pawn (Hamas) that in the long run would have been opposed to the Persian Shiites, anyway.
Posted by: Zhang Fei   2012-12-16 16:18  

#4  Hell you're both right, I don't get it.

Altho it would cause maximum mayhem, which makes sense, in a ME sort of way.

Posted by: Shipman   2012-12-16 14:52  

#3  Yah, but he did it, just like he and his poppa did so much to wreck Lebanon's sovereignity over the years, which we can now say didn't make sense...
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain   2012-12-16 14:28  

#2  An Alawite allying with Sunni Islamists in a majority Sunni Muslim country makes about as much long run sense as a mouse allying with an owl.
Posted by: Zhang Fei   2012-12-16 13:17  

#1  They are killing each other. Poke 'em with a stick.
Posted by: Threater Flusoper9823   2012-12-16 06:08  

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