Across the Bay

Friday, June 22, 2007

Regimes and Islamists

Michael Young notes how the events in Gaza, and the Iranian-led axis (including Syria, Hezbollah, and Hamas) "help dispel a pair of unshakable canards in some American academic circles and byways of punditry."

The first is that there is no way a Shiite party or clerical regime, for example Iran's, would collaborate with the Sunni Al-Qaeda, because ideologically they are mutually hostile. The second is that there is no way the secular Baathist regime in Syria, led by a minority Alawite community once scorned by Sunnis, would collaborate with Sunni Islamist groups, particularly groups belonging to Al-Qaeda.

Read the whole thing.