Why Syria Is More Important Than You Think
Condoleezza Rice: The Mideast 'as we know it' is at stake
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2012 1:50 PM CST
A rebel fighter prepares to fire a homemade rocket toward a Syrian air force compound on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria.   (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)

(Newser) – Syria isn't just another domino in the Arab Spring revolution, and its civil war presents far more than a humanitarian crisis for the world, writes Condoleezza Rice in the Washington Post. What's happening there jeopardizes the entire "Middle East as we know it," she argues. If Bashar al-Assad hangs on with the help of Iran, expect other states to "fly apart" in sectarian violence of the Sunni-Shiite variety that won't recognize the artificial borders set up in misguided fashion by Britain and France decades ago.

"Syria is the linchpin," she writes. The US is working toward meaningless diplomatic measures when it should instead recognize, and then arm, a rebel government. Risks? Of course, "but the breakdown of the Middle East state system is a graver risk," says Rice. "Iran will win, our allies will lose, and for decades the region’s misery and violence will make today’s chaos look tame." Click to read the full column, in which Rice likens Iran's strategy to that of Karl Marx.

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Nov 26, 2012 11:12 AM CST
This is the same tact we took with the Shah of Iran. And countless others around the world. And it always comes back to bite us in the ass. This does not work.
Nov 25, 2012 5:31 PM CST
Mr. Obama, put your fingers in your ears and go lalalalalalal..dont listen to her, she is a crazy cheny war monger...
Nov 25, 2012 5:24 PM CST
I hope that miss rice remembers that before europe divided those war loving muslims, they were under the control of the ottoman(Turkey) empire.which was looking to expand further into europe. A united middle east is the free worlds biggest threat....I say let them all fight and sell both sides all the weapons they can afford. let them kill each other off. that includes isreal....If im wrong, their god will figure it out for them.