September 29, 2016

WINNING THE WoT:

After Islamic State, Fears of a 'Shiite Crescent' in Mideast (YAROSLAV TROFIMOV, Sept. 29, 2016, WSJ)

From the point of view of Sunni Arab regimes anxious about Iran's regional ambitions, Islamic State--as repellent as it is--provides a silver lining. The extremist group's firewall blocks territorial contiguity between Iran and its Arab proxies in Syria and Lebanon.

This means that now, as Islamic State is losing more and more land to Iranian allies, these Sunni countries--particularly Saudi Arabia--face a potentially more dangerous challenge: a land corridor from Tehran to Beirut that would reinforce a more capable and no less implacable enemy.

Pro-Iranian Shiite militias such as Lebanon's Hezbollah and Iraq's Badr and Asaib Ahl al-Haq are filling the void left by Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, and they are much better equipped and trained than the Sunni extremist group. They are also just as hostile to the Saudi regime, openly talking about dismantling the kingdom and freeing Islam's holy places from the House of Saud.

The success of the Christian/Shia axis in the War has been astounding.

Posted by at September 29, 2016 2:05 PM

  

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