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Posted by Fred 2012-02-09 00:00||
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File under: Govt of Syria
#1 Cold War is back?
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2012-02-09 04:59||
#2 Best thing during a stalemate is a new distraction. Who turn is it?
Posted by Fat Bob Unotch3711 2012-02-09 06:34||
#3 It should say that "Putin meddles in Syria while warning west about doing the same."
Posted by Anonymoose 2012-02-09 08:24||
#4 Market share Moose. It's all about market share.
Posted by Besoeker 2012-02-09 08:58||
#5 The vast majority of Syria's 2m Christians (excluding the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians sheltering in Syria) are Orthodox. Russia sees itself as the protector of Orthodox Christians around the world. And a Syria under Sunni Arab rule would be far worse for Christians, Druze, Kurds and Alawites alike, which is why the 40% of the population that isn't Sunni Arab is mostly standing with Assad. While some self-anointed representatives of these minorities are being very vocal about supporting the Sunni Arab Islamist-led opposition, the actual minorities themselves have read the writing on the wall with respect to Sunni Arab rule, and are sticking with the devil they know - Assad.
Posted by Zhang Fei 2012-02-09 10:37||
#6 Cold War is back?
It never really left.
Posted by Pappy 2012-02-09 10:57||
#7 Good post Zhang.
Sunni majorities ar not known for religious tolerance/protecting minority faiths (See Pakistan,Saudi and Eygpt for examples)
Posted by Paul D 2012-02-09 14:06||
#8 If Sunni are the problem it would seem possible to divide Syria. What's the point of forcing people who hate each other to live together because Europeans drew lines long ago.
Posted by rjschwarz 2012-02-09 14:35||
#9 Yeah, look how well it's worked in Israel/Palestin
Posted by Zebulon the Batty1394 2012-02-09 15:00||
#10 Excellent analysis by both Zhang and Rjschwarz. Is partition a viable solution? Let the Sunnis stew in their homogenous broth while a rival multi cultural minority state prospers???
Posted by Scooter McGruder 2012-02-09 15:30||
#11 Do Sunnis get on with anyone non sunni?
Posted by Paul D 2012-02-09 17:54||
#12 they don't even get on with other-clan Sunnis
Posted by Frank G 2012-02-09 20:49||
#13 Nations do what they perceive to be in their own national interest. Syria is the last warm water port "ally" that Russia has. Does that explain it a bit?
Posted by Northern Cousin 2012-02-09 23:30||