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he war in Syria against Assad’s Alawites and his post-Baathist State began with the people’s uprising of March-April 2011. Mass demonstrations in the traditional Sunni areas of Hama and Homs, to which the pro-government organizations responded with rallies supporting Bashar al-Assad and his regime.

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ran test-fired a missile and the U.S. government went ballistic. It put Iran 'on notice' -- a phrase meaning little but with a distinct menace.

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hile the post-sanction era for Iran seems prosperous, it's a cause of concern for Iran’s major foe, Saudi Arabia. Iran’s rising influence in the Middle East and the anticipation of Iran, possibly, one day, acquiring a nuclear weapon – is giving Saudi Arabia heartburn.

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Since July 25 last, Assad’s Syrian Arab Army has hammered the Israeli front of the Golan Heights with its artillery, often logistically supported by Russia. The goal is obviously to prompt a response by the Jewish State and make it wage a war directly against Syria. A pointless suicide for Israel, a return to the old and useless lines of the Cold War in the Middle East.

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Iran’s foreign policy continues to be driven by a series of complex and often times overlapping and contradictory factors, involving its own ideological pursuits, the perception of threats caused by the US and its allies, national identity, and a belief in its historical right to regional hegemony.

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Go after the dog's master, not the dog.
Kudos to Michael Ledeen for explaining that the road to Damascus starts in Tehran. As Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu explained on Aug. 25, "Assad's regime isn't acting alone. Iran, and Iran's proxy, Hezbollah, are there on the ground playing an active role assisting Syria.

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Hezbollah first became known to the Lebanese public in 1985 with its now-famous open letter, whose introductory statement read: "We are the sons of the umma (Muslim community)—of the party of God (Hezbollah), the vanguard of which was made victorious by God in Iran. … We obey the orders of one leader… that of our tutor and faqih [i.e., Ayatollah Khomeini]

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In his article "The Muslim Civil War," Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal disagrees with my argument about Syria. He characterizes the position I hold this way:

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