Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Barry Rubin: Syria: Is Iran Abandoning the Syrian Dictatorship’s Ship?

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by Barry Rubin
Here’s an interesting mystery of the day: Why are Iranian leaders starting to criticize their close ally, Syria, and imply that the regime there needs to make reforms or even leave office altogether?

There are three theories:

–This represents a split among Iran’s rulers on what to do about Syria. I don’t see evidence of that.
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Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. His latest books are The Israel-Arab Reader (seventh edition), The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East (Wiley), and The Truth About Syria (Palgrave-Macmillan). His latest book is Israel: An Introduction, to be published by Yale University Press in January 2012. You can read more of Barry Rubin's posts at Rubin Reportsand now on his new blog, Rubin Reports, on Pajamas Media

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