Islamism's Future and What it Means for the West

An interesting situation is developing in the Middle East.  According to today's Israel Hayom, Egypt is attempting to persuade Iran to abandon its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad: Egypt is trying to convince Iran to drop its unquestioned support of Syria's embattled President Bashar al-Assad in order to end that country's bloody civil war in exchange for help in easing Tehran's regional isolation at a time of mounting pressure on it over its disputed nuclear program. The offer is the centerpiece of a diplomatic push by Egypt's new Islamist president, who is hoping his "Islamic Quartet" - grouping Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, all supporters of the Syrian rebellion, with Syria's top regional ally Iran - can succeed where other initiatives have failed. The grouping is the first major effort to involve Iran in resolving the crisis. But it may be a tough sell. Tehran's influence in the Middle East is strongly tied to its alliance with Assad and his fall would be a...(Read Full Post)