The civil war in Syria has erupted into more than whether or not Assad will remain in power. It has become a conflict between Sunni and Shia. Obama is siding with the Sunnis and the Muslim Brotherhood. He has a history of advancing Sunni causes, as he has done in Egypt and Libya and is now doing in Syria. Iran, Russia, and Hezbollah are all siding with the Shites. Does that mean that down the road we could be fighting against Iran and Russia? The chances for doing so have certainly increased under Barack Obama.
Read about how Iran is sending troops to assist Assad, via Weasel Zippers:
Iran has decided to send a first contingent of 4,000 Iranian Revolutionary Guards to Syria to support President Bashar Assad’s forces against the largely Sunni rebellion, The Independent reported Sunday.
The British newspaper quoted pro-Iranian sources “which have been deeply involved in the Islamic Republic’s security” as saying that Tehran is now fully committed to preserving Assad’s regime, even to the extent of proposing to open up a new ‘Syrian’ front on the Golan Heights against Israel.
According to the report, Iran reached the decision to send the troops before last week’s presidential election.
According to The Independent, Washington’s decision to arm Syria’s Sunni Muslim rebels has “plunged America into the great Sunni-Shia conflict of the Islamic Middle East, entering a struggle that now dwarfs the Arab revolutions which overthrew dictatorships across the region.”
For the first time, the British newspaper said, all of America’s ‘friends’ in the region are Sunni Muslims and all of its enemies are Shiites. “Breaking all President Obama’s rules of disengagement, the US is now fully engaged on the side of armed groups which include the most extreme Sunni Islamist movements in the Middle East,” The Independent said in its report.