Thursday, July 5, 2012

The 'Great Game' In Syria - AND When The Thread Snaps ?

By Alastair Crooke
This summer, a senior Saudi official told John Hannah [1], former United States vice president Dick Cheney's former chief-of-staff, that from the outset of the Syrian upheaval in March, the king has believed that regime change in Syria would be highly beneficial to Saudi interests: "The king knows that other than the collapse of the Islamic Republic itself, nothing would weaken Iran more than losing Syria," said the official.

This is today's "great game": the formula for playing it has changed; the US-instigated "color" revolutions in the former Soviet republics have given way to a bloodier, and more multi-layered process today, but the underlying psychology remains more