Conflicts in the Middle East rise often when one rogue leader pursues the acquisition of WMD thinking it will protect his regime. The Gulf countries have oil, in addition to the legitimacy of bearing the flag of Islam, to shield their rulers from harm (As long as they don”™t pursue terror or WMD), but many non-oil based economies of Arab rulers pursue either terror or WMD, or both, to threaten others with. When they do, conflicts arise because WMD is a threat whose defenses are the weakest targeting the highest numbers of soldiers and/or civilians.
This makes Iran an unprecedented threat because it is an oil-based economy and the religious center of Shia Muslims in pursuit of both terror and WMD; and using all to threaten other countries with. No other regime in the region utilizes its capabilities to the fullest like Iran to serve its twisted goals. There is a good reason when war wages in Africa or the Levant, eyes remain fixated on Iran by countries like Saudi Arabia and Israel.
Assad, as a proxy warrior to Iran, makes his regime a real threat because of Syria”™s proximity to US allies like Jordan and Israel as well as to a democracy in Lebanon. How could the Obama Administration not realize the opportunity it has to dismantle the Assad regime is truly tragic. This opportunity is long gone by now because the vacuum has been filled with dangerous elements able to duplicate another 9/11 under the nose of an administration that believes scratching the back of a hyena can keep it safe.
Given the wars, the fallouts, and the pressure that could mount against rogue rulers who believe they can outwit the West when they pursue terror and WMD only to fail, it is simply amazing how lessons of the past have so little impact on their rational. Saddam Hussein was captured in a hole shaking violently from fear because he killed his people with WMD and invaded another country, Gadhafi, who pursued both terror and WMD, was captured by his people and his eyes, before his death, showed more fear than a little school boy about to be decked by a bully.
Yet, with all these images and violent conclusions to unworthy lives, violent rulers believe they can survive because of their cruelties and rampant savagery. Little do they know how patient are deer hunters.
Jordan under King Abdullah, Morocco under King Hassan IV, Egypt when it was under Mubarak, Lebanon because of its own checks and balances –until Hezbollah showed its ugly face–, all the Gulf countries (except Saudi Arabia and Qatar), are all peaceful countries who do not trade with religion, terror, WMD, or oil to threaten anyone. Saudi Arabia and Qatar, like Iran, use extreme religion to spread wings to fly to places they have no business to fly to.
September 2001 could have destroyed Saudi Arabia had it not been for its deep history and friends in Washington (Thanks to Bandar Bin Sultan), but the MB will destroy Qatar, either directly or indirectly, because of its size.
I hope Assad, Nasrallah, and Khamenei will be the last Middle Eastern bullies on the block who think they can outsmart the West. Assad is a dead man walking and the regime in Iran will follow eventually because reason and rational will outlive any negotiations by a President due to leave office in 2016.
Do you remember that picture of Assad, Ahmadinejad, and Nasrallah dining in Damascus looking like cats swallowing canaries? Today, one is battling for his life; one is in a hole; and the other frozen in time waiting for his fate.
The first step in fixing the vast problems of the Middle East is disposing of any minds that believe in Terror and WMD.