As the dominoes fall in the Middle East, Iran's influence grows
Mr. Fareed Zakaria (CNN Segment Host) recently posed the question whether Syria may be the next Lebanon in regards to their long fought civil war. Aside from the secular and religious aspects of conflicts in the Middle East, I think Syria may be part of a much bigger picture than anyone has wanted to look at.
A while back, I took a hard look at the Map of the region and something jumped off the page at me. If you were to drew the proverbial “line in the sand” where the line started in Iran and ran through the middle of Iraq, then smack dab through the middle of Syria, you would end up on the Israeli border. The acquisition of Lebanon or Jordan could be of some strategic benefit, but not entirely necessary.
You get the impression that the United States is paving the way for Iran, most likely by accident. I have felt ever since our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan that this scenario is unfolding into one of the probable end games being quietly played out.
The United States has a history of joining in armed conflicts with no clear vision of what victory would look like. We have been present militarily in this region for a long time and it seems at every turn there is more chaos than when we started.
I am certain that our “powers that be” didn’t intend to create such mayhem, but I think that somehow the Shia sect seized upon the opportunity given to them to expand their influence and Religious zeal. As of today, I can’t say for certain , but it seems they are slowly succeeding in their attempt to create a “Super Islamic State”, one that could one day rival the State of Israel.
It’s not a pretty picture. I don’t have a good feeling about the outcome of such an expansionist move on the part of Iran, especially if they are lying about their nuclear intentions.
Take a moment to look at the picture as it is right now. Pakistan is teetering, Afghanistan is in turmoil and Iraq is a total mess. Syria lays in ruin, but that might only help Iran if Bashar al-Assad wins or the US gets involved. Either way, Iran is just sitting back, fat, dumb, and happy. Waiting to solidify its total control of the region and implement Sharia Law.
There is a myriad of scenarios that can unfold after such a state is formed, whether it’s by force or by necessity. None of them look good for America, the country that would unknowingly be its chief architect. I get a sick feeling in my gut when I realize there is really no way anyone can stem the tide peacefully. The rest of the World is going to have to find a way to coexist with an outcome such as this or similar. At any rate, the dominoes are falling, and lining up for Iran.