Sometime ago, we read in one of the WikiLeaks cables that Assad of Syria and Iran instigated the protests over the cartoons ofÂ MohammadÂ in Denmark. Besides the link, the below excerpt was published by Haaretz in Israel.
The government of Syria was active in organizing the 2006 riots that erupted across the Arab world following the publication of controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, Oslo dailyÂ AftenpostenÂ reported Monday, quoting US diplomatic cables released by website WikiLeaks.
The cartoons were originally published in neighboring Denmark in 2005. Their publication resulted in violent protests, including attacks on several embassies in Damascus in early February 2006. Embassies targeted included those of Norway, Denmark and Sweden.
A US diplomatic cable published by Aftenposten said the Syrian premier had, “several days before the demonstrations, instructed the Grand Mufti Sheikh Hassoun to issue a strongly worded directive to the imams delivering Friday sermons in the mosques of Damascus.”
The riots ended when Syria “felt that ”˜the message had been delivered”™,” the cable said, quoting a Sunni sheikh whose name was blacked out.
The incident resulted in the evacuation of Norwegian diplomats and demands for compensation.
Aftenposten recently said it has gained access to the WikiLeaks cache of diplomatic cables, and was publishing them independently of the whistle-blower website.
Considering the tragedies taking place in Libya and Egypt, it makes a whole lot of sense if Syria and Iran were behind the killing of a US Ambassador because it diverts the attention away from any Arab Spring regime change by arguing that their replacements are worse. In fact, Fox News has dedicated itself to this theme already.
Mind you, there is a big difference between Mubarak and Assad. Mubarak was a friend of the west but Assad is our worst enemy. What better way for Assad to save his skin by directing Sunni anger at the west and blaming an Israeli for making the movie when more investigationÂ showed the filmmaker is a fake and a con artist who adapted anÂ IsraeliÂ identity just for that purpose. What better way for Iran to shed bad light on Arab Sunnis than to put them on display on an international stage as the mad cows of the region.
What is Saudi Arabia doing meanwhile? They may be working the phones and their intelligence services may be pouring over their information to make sense of the puzzle, but in the grand scheme of things, Saudi Arabia has always been reactive and not proactive like Iran. It wears the shield and Iran carries the sword.
As for the Muslim Brotherhood, let me go on record by saying that not only this organization is a cancer but if Iran is able to manipulate it like this, it’s also not the brightest of organizations.
I doubt if our President, who rarely attends intelligence briefings and usually arrives at the Oval Office around 9:30am (George Bush was a 7:00 am kind of a guy), will expose the truth on this. In fact, I doubt if any of the media outlets will put the two together (TheÂ MohammadÂ Cartoons and the film) to point the finger at Assad or Iran. It simply does not help Obama’s elections.
Nonetheless, Assad won’t survive whether the west comes to his aid or our aid. Syrians are oblivious to these matters because theirs is a micro world aiming for the basics in human rights and liberties.