" The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement called on the United States on Friday to admit that President Bashar al-Assad has won the war in Syria and to accept Syrian government terms for a political settlement to the crisis.
If the United States wants to be part of the solution to the war in Syria, it will first have to stop supporting the rebels and agree to engage in dialogue with Assad, Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah said in a videotaped address to a funeral ceremony in Beirut.
“Any political solution has to start and end with Assad,” he said, speaking after Assad claimed a landslide win in the election this week." washpost
"As new Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi prepares for his inauguration on Sunday, his most powerful Arab ally is deploying both threats and promises to ensure the Arab Spring cannot upset a new anti-Islamist front in the Middle East.
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia urged Egyptians this week to embrace Sisi, the military man who drove Islamists from power in Cairo a year ago, and said they should to disown the "strange chaos" of the Arab uprisings.
It was Riyadh's starkest message of support yet for Sisi, who won an election last month thanks to support from Egyptians hoping that a strong, military-backed government will bring an end to three years of political instability in the most populous Arab country.
Sisi's win was undoubtedly a boost for Saudi Arabia, which had watched with horror as the Arab revolts toppled authoritarian leaders and brought President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood to power in Egypt.
For Saudi Arabia, Sisi's win sealed the end, for now, of the rise of the Brotherhood, the international standard-bearer of mainstream Sunni political Islam since it was founded in Egypt in 1928."
As Joe Bob used to say, "There is perception and then there is reality." Truer words, etc.
Nasrallah is offering good advice. The US, swept up in childish love of revolutionary theater, has ineptly and probably inadvertently sought to "liberalize" countries in MENA that have little taste or talent for such a change. Now "the chickens is flying home to roost" everywhere.
Prince Bandar when he was chief of Saudi intelligence, whatever that may amount to these days, allowed a situation to emerge in Syria that threatened the creation of the kind of jihadi state that would have Saudi Arabia's nepotistic family run government as its biggest target. That is why Bandar has left the scene. The Saudi state appears to have come to its senses and seeks allies for an anti-jihadi front. I expect that they are seeking to mend fences with Syria. President-elect al-Sissi is just their cup of tea. He says he is going to destroy the MB and I believe he will. Other Islamist groups in Egypt better start running for cover NOW!
John Kerry pompously says that the Syrian election was a "zero." Really? As Nasrullah said, tell that to the millions of Syrians who voted for Assad. pl