Who says so? The Lebanese Druze leader, Walid Jumblatt. This is why the notion of negotiating Syria away from Iran is so naïve. Assad is far more frightened of Tehran than he is of Washington — justifiably so based on recent history. Tehran kills with impunity (including Americans) while America’s ability to project force effectively in the current international environment remains questionable.
I will talk about an Arab axis and a Persian axis. Amr Musa represents Egypt and the Arabs. The main Arab forces are today in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. We hope Algeria and Morocco will join us against Persia; that is, Syria and Iran. Syria is annexed to Iran. … The ruler of Damascus bet his destiny and sold his Arabism for the sake of his existence.
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