US Enemies Loving Unrest

Iran, Syria see US allies weakening
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2011 9:58 AM CST
A man in Tahrir Square holds an anti-US placard on January 30, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Iran, Syria, and other members of the self-proclaimed “resistance bloc” are delighted by the unrest sweeping through the Arab world—since it’s so far affected primarily US allies like Egypt and Jordan, the Wall Street Journal observes. The unrest “proved that the global arrogance’s era of domination and control of the region has come to an end,” Iran’s foreign minister said this week—"global arrogance" being the country's nickname for the US. A senior Hamas official agreed saying, "We like what's happening."

But all of that could change, of course, if Syria itself experiences a groundswell; opposition groups have called for a “day of rage” there tomorrow. For now, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says he’s not worried. “As long as the people have a major say in the future,” he said, “then you are going to have a minor say in the United States.”

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