Just snap a picture in your mind of a quartet meeting taking place in Egypt today between its president Mohammad Morsi (Muslim Brotherhood), Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu (Muslim Brotherhood), Iranian foreign minister Ali Akhbar Salehi (Wilayet al-Faqih), and the 72-year old Saudi foreign minister who was unable to attend due to surgery and whose representative also failed to attend (Absent Wahabbism) .

They are all meeting to decide the fate of Syria. Islamists meeting to decide the fate of a supposed secular regime in Syria with full acquiescence from its secularism.

Absent from this meeting are any moderates, be it Sunnis or Shia, Muslims or non-Muslims, to represent the real majority in Syria who want nothing to do with the Iranian, the Egyptian, the Saudi, or the Turkish governments as they stand with their ideologies.

Traditionally, the west has been our spokesman because of the nature of oppressive rulers in that part of the world, but since the west is absent, no one is speaking for the millions of disfranchised Syrians during this Gehenna Quartet gathering.

Any wonder why terror has won in that part of the world?

Any wonder why the migration of Christians and the minorities will increase regardless of the Syrian civil war?

Regime change à la rifle butt is our only hope but the Iraqi casualties, in addition to a US president who believes in collectivism even if state sponsors of terror are included, are preventing the US from even considering the higher costs associated with leaving this vast responsibility to Islamist extremists who will destroy the region further.

Unless we are betting on these extremists to destroy each other first, which is our only hope.

But, this “Maltese” quartet meeting is as much about Syria as it is about dividing the Muslim world in the Middle East.

I am not a betting man but I will bet with anyone the word “Israel” will be uttered far more times than the word “Syria” because “Israel” will unite them while “Syria” will divide them the way Sunnis and Shia are divided.

Are we being naive about extremists destroying each other or will the next few months, to be eagerly awaited, show the rift between Sunnis and Shia to be far more powerful than calculating evil men?

I am keeping my fingers crossed (or rather crescented).

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