Joshua Landis, over at Syria Comment, has a new post entitled “Will Syria Benefit From Syria’s Invasion of Gaza”. In it, he argues that “the ‘moderates’ are moderate because they have no conflict with Israel. The radicals are radical because they do… Syria is compelled to fan the flames of hatred and violence because it calculates — and perhaps correctly — that only militant passions can win back their land and restore lost dignity.”
Bashar al-Assad suspended all talks with Israel following the invasion of Gaza. Syria is now demanding that a high-level international conference be convened under Obama’s stewardship to find a comprehensive solution to the problem. What if the U.S. responds favorably? Bashar has insisted that Hamas be taken seriously as a major regional actor along with Hizbullah, and has refused to cut ties with these allies. Does this mean that Hamas, Hizbullah, and the Iranians would attend a peace conference organized by the Obama adminstration?
If all Syria (and its allies) want is a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T, why not call the bluff (if that’s what Israel and its allies think it is)? What do they have to lose?
Naive questions await cynical answers…