Hamas finally abandons Assad - backs Syrian revolt
Gee - it only took 6,000 dead, tens of thousands jailed without charges, using tanks against unarmed people, and indiscriminate shelling of civilian neighborhoods for the terrorists in Hamas to finally figure out they were on the wrong side on this one.
The policy shift deprives Assad of one of his few remaining Sunni Muslim supporters in the Arab world and deepens his international isolation. It was announced in Hamas speeches at Friday prayers in Cairo and a rally in the Gaza Strip.
Hamas went public after nearly a year of equivocating as Assad's army, largely led by fellow members of the president's Alawite sect, has crushed mainly Sunni protesters and rebels.
In a Middle East split along sectarian lines between Shi'ite and Sunni Islam, the public abandonment of Assad casts immediate questions over Hamas's future ties with its principal backer Iran, which has stuck by its ally Assad, as well as with Iran's fellow Shi'ite allies in Lebanon's Hezbollah movement.
Is Iran next? Not likely. Tehran is still sending arms, still supplying fighters through Hezb'allah who are apparently in the thick of the massacres, doing the dirty work Assad's troops are reluctant to do. They have little choice. Assad's Syria is one of their few friends in the region and if he goes down, they lose a valuable strategic ally on Israel's border.
And I wouldn't worry about support from Iran for Hamas. This is a tactical move by the terrorists who are far too important as the sharp end of the spear relating to Iranian policy against Israel for Tehran to punish them for their betrayal of Assad.