The reaction of the Quartet meeting with Abbas was than Assad got on a plane and when to Teheran at the same time. It is impossible for these leaders to let go.The Saudis while courting American and in some indirect way Israel is also developing and encouraging Wahabism,the virulent form of Sunni fundamentalism.While the Saudis live pius at home they indulge abroad indirectly blasting the infifels while they are the worst. This kind of flirting with the west while knee deep in this antiquated culture seems to be the soup de jour. In some ways they all want to grow but without losing power,without losing their base. Syria is no different and when the Americans leave Iraq,Iraq will go back to that antiquated comfort. They really all want a real relationship with the west but cannot leave the past.In some ways its true of Israel too but because of the diaspora it has learned to compromise. This is the great challenge all over the ME.
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