- Dec 6, 2011
- Reaction score
- Upstate New York
- Political Leaning
The Independent on Sunday has learned that a military decision has been taken in Iran – even before last week’s presidential election – to send a first contingent of 4,000 Iranian Revolutionary Guards to Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad’s forces against the largely Sunni rebellion that has cost almost 100,000 lives in just over two years. Iran is now fully committed to preserving Assad’s regime, according to pro-Iranian sources which have been deeply involved in the Islamic Republic’s security, even to the extent of proposing to open up a new ‘Syrian’ front on the Golan Heights against Israel.
I'm not sure what to think of this. On one hand, Iranian support at this point will mean nothing except that the rebel victory, which I believe is inevitable, will only be more painful for Iran. On the other hand, opening up a front against Israel is likely to spiral into a war between the United States and Iran. This, however, is likely just rhetoric.