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DavidV

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http://www.news.com.au/national/australia-expels-syrias-charge-daffairs-jawdat-ali/story-e6frfkvr-1226372696860

Australia has expelled the Syrian ambassador as outrage against the latest crime of the Assad regime against its people intensifies. How much of an effect will the downfall of the regime have on Hamas and Hezbollah, and indeed the downfall of the regime in Iran if/when it happens will have on Islamic fundamentalism?
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The United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Canada and the United States have now all expelled the senior Syrian diplomats resident in their countries.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/29/world/meast/syria-unrest/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

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Bulgaria has expelled the Syrian Charge d'affairs as well, and Switzerland has declared the Syrian envoy there (who was also ambassador to France before he was expelled earlier today) as persona non grata and will not allow him back in the country.  The Netherlands has also declared the Syrian ambassador (who also represents his country in Belgium and lives in Brussles) as persona non grata.

In a potential escalation, new French President Hollande has said military intervention in Syria cannot be ruled out.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/29/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE84S0P020120529

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Syria is a complex issue and cans of worms that could be opened. But a backgrounder is required.

After the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, four new states were carved out of it- the kingdoms of Iraq and Jordan, and the republics of Syria and Lebanon- plus the mandate of Palestine. In all of these, the Old Order was maintained and indeed Lebanon today remains an aristocratic republic (albeit the most liberal and democratic of all Arab republics apart from Algeria), its Maronite and Druze communities are dominated by their traditional aristocracy, and politics are essentially feudal and sectarian. In Syria, on the other hand, the aristocratic elites were divided between Damascus (National Party) and Aleppo (People's Party). To their left were the Communists, Baathists and the more moderate Socialist Cooperative Party. To their right were the irredentist Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), Muslim Brotherhood, and Arab Liberation Movement. After the Baathist revolution of 1963, all other groups were suppressed, leaving only the SSNP and Communists be tolerated by the Assad regime due to their loyalty and consistently pro-regime stance on most issues (such as Lebanon).

The Iraqi Baathists became enemies of the regicidal far left Qassim regime, with an attempted uprising that had US support, and the Ramadan Revolution of 1963. The Iraqi Baathists moved rightwards compared to their Syrian counterparts, and thus by the time Saddam Hussein became president, Iraq had moved towards a closer relationship with Washington.

Some of this explains the complex geopolitics behind all this, not least the sectarian issue. The Muslim Brotherhood is tolerated in Israel (as the Islamic Movement), and (as the Islamic Group) currently allied to the mostly Maronite "pro-west" forces in Lebanon, Sunni Islamists being no friends of Iran and Syria.
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