Arab World: The sectarian logic of events in Syria

05.06.2011                      3.Siwan, 5771                      Tag 47 des Omer

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Arab World: The sectarian logic of events in Syria

The fall of the Assad regime would be a disaster for both Hezbollah and Iran.

Hezbollah has been caught off balance by the uprising in Syria. Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah's recent words of solidarity with his embattled ally in Damascus led to the burning of the Lebanese Shi’a Islamist leader’s image by angry Syrian crowds during last Friday’s demonstrations.
The movement’s stance on Syria reveals a basic contradiction between Hezbollah’s practical interests and the image it likes to project of itself.
This contradiction in turn may reveal the inherent limitations of the Iranian, Shi’ite-led “resistance bloc” in the overwhelmingly Sunni Arabic-speaking world….