– Israel struck target in the Lattakia, Syria area yesterday. The objective appears to have been the destruction of Russian materiel destined for the Syrian armed forces. This has been a declared policy of the Israelis who say that they will prevent delivery of anything that can be used against them. Until recently that seemd to be a plausible explanation for Israeli policy toward Syria but by his own statements it is clear now that Bibi is the main actor in creating the US led coalition of the marginally willing that seeks to destroy the Syrian government in the belief that this will severely wound Iran. That projected wound to Iran seems to doubtful to me. The probability that the destruction of the Baath government would result in the creation in Syria of a bastion of Islamist jihadism bordering Israel seems to mean nothing to him.
– In Egypt John Kerry's prattling of democracy and elections has not deterred the generals from destroying all those parts of the MB that they can reach. They know that the MB are the enemies of their blood. Mursi's political campaign aimed at destroying the semi-secular society of modern Egypt confirmed them in their belief that co-existence with the MB is not possible. In the Middle East the lack of any real belief in the ideas of the "loyal opposition" and win-win outcomes makes such results likely in the face of alien tinkering in societies.
-Saudi Arabia is turning away from the United States. This pseudo-alliance was always unstable. There were always far too many conflicting values and interests involved. The necessities of the Cold War held the two countries together for a long time and Saudi money in the right pockets kept the pairing together for far longer than it logically would have lasted. Who will benefit from Saudi largesse in the future? Name your candidates.
– In a similar and similarly predictable situation the disastrous neocon adventure in Iraq is producing yet more death. We overturned the previous order of society and sponsored a government run by Shia who have only one goal and that is to screw the Sunni Arabs. The screwees are fighting back. Now Maliki who also predictably rejected a pact with the US that would have granted us legal immunity for our soldiers is in Washington begging for assistance. We should wash our hands of the country. pl