Date registered: Sep 2004
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RE: Iran, Syria team up to confront threats
I think you might want to check how closely Saddam and Assad felt toward each other (they hated each other) and how much fidelity either had for Baathist political philosophy (none).
All of the existing (Muslim) neighborhhood states cooperate on only two things, anti-Israel and fear of establishment of a Kurdish state. All of them have variously connived aginst each other, cooperated with each other and maintained multiple interlocking and contradictory secret agreements. If there were no Israel upon which all of those murderous dictatorships could focus their people's hatred and blame for every ill that befalls them, there would have been popular revolutions and wars for the entire post WWII period.
Lebanon (more accurately, the coastal communities from current Turkey to Egypt) has since recorded history, been one of the most cosmopolitan populations. Start with the Phoenicians and work forward. The most recent 100 years have been terrible for that area, resulting in large emigration to the western hemisphere from Latin America to Canada. Ted Kennedy's wife is 3rd generation Lebanese, for example.
The best thing the USA could do is to stay physically out of the area and continue trying to keep the Palestinians and Israelis on a path towards peace. If a successful accommodation there can be made, the great bogeyman of Israel will no longer allow the dictatorships to oppress their people and blame it on Israel.