"If the fighting continues to spread, important U.S. allies, including Saudi Arabia and Turkey, could be destabilized; both are indirectly backing Sunni fighters. The fragile political order in Iraq, bought with thousands of American lives, could collapse. Al-Qaeda could acquire new recruits and sanctuaries across the region. The best means of preventing this, as State Department Middle East experts have been pointing out for months, is to accelerate the downfall of the Syrian regime. There are several ways of doing that, short of direct military intervention: materiel aid to the rebels is one. Now that its refusal to take that step has led to the very consequences it warned of, the administration would be wise to reconsider. " Washpost editorial
The Washington Poat and New York Times fed us this kind of jingoistic nonsense before we invaded Iraq. The claim was made that Iraq = Nazi Germany. Today Kurdistan - Tomorrow the Sudetenland! What rot! and they are doing the same thing again. In those days Judy Miller and Michael Gordon led the charge in NY but the Washington Post was not far behind. Today ,the neocon Post editorial page apparently cannot wait for the day when American infantry will bleed and die in Syria. The unholy trio of McCain, Graham and "Deputy Dog" Lieberman seem eager supporters of that aspiration.
The Post admits that Saudi Arabia and Turkey are material supporters of the Sunni jihadi insurgents in Syria. Turkey and Saudi Arabia are overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim in their populations. The Post nevertheless thinks that Turkey and Saudi Arabia will be de-stabilized if fighting continues. Well. if that is so, let Saudi Arabia and Turkey stop supporting the insurgency.
Sunni Turkey has announced that it will give permanent sanctuary to al-Hashemi, the condemned Sunni VP of Iraq. What a surprise! Not! I did not think for a moment that the pious Sunni Turk, Erdogan, would deliver a kinsman of the prophet (Al Hashimi) to die on a scaffold in Baghdad at the hands of the Shia.
If there are any people left in the State Department who have a clue about the Middle East they should all hold up their hands! Oh! There's one over there! pl