'Democratic' Arab Spring Becoming an Islamist Arab Winter

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a cruel dictator.  He believes that killing his own citizens is collateral damage associated with governing, and he's not alone.  Arab countries have been ruled by people like Assad for millennia.  Yet the Arab Spring is changing the status quo in the Middle East, and today's shocked Westerners may, in due course, wind up longing for the days when the Assads of the Middle East were in charge. A few days ago, President Assad said, "Syria is the hub now in this region.  It is the fault line, and if you play with the ground you will cause an earthquake."  Some interpreted his remark as a threat, and it probably was -- at least in part.  According to Reza Kahlili: Two of the Middle East's dictators, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, want to form a united front against NATO ally Turkey for what they see as dangerous meddling in regional affairs. Believing that it has...(Read Full Article)

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