November 19, 2006

Syrian Discussions

It seems from this report from Andrew Sullivan that the Baker commission has been talking to Syria for a while. This probably allows us to contextualise the recent visit by Sir Nigel Sheinwald to Damascus. It looks as though an effort is on from London and Washington to go through Damascus to Tehran, to reassure Damascus that Bashar Assad has a future in the region and that talk of deposing him is just that, talk. The belief must be that it is insecurity which is pushing the secular Allawite leader closer and closer to the dangerous embrace of the Shia theocracy- whether that's true and how this develops will be interesting.