This headline should be rephrased, for accuracy, as follows: Why the plan to work with Bashar Al Assad and Tehran to confront ISIS is stupide.
The reasons are the following:
* ISIS is a distorted expression of the Sunnis in Iraq and Syria to share in ruling their community. As long as this aspiration is not fulfilled, the Sunnis in both countries will, reluctantly or willingly, support ISIS against their own enemies. Ironically, these enemies are Al Assad and Iran.
* Without the support of the Iranians Al Maliki would not have been able to implement the sectarian policies that led to the rebirth of a new kid, worse than the mother if this could be ever imagined, which is ISIS that is an off spring of Al Qaeda. And without the Iranian support, Al Assad could have never been able to sustain his deliberate transformation of the Syrian civilian uprising into a situation that induced the spread of ISIS and Al in Syria.