I fear for the Christian and Alawi minorities if Sunni Muslim radicals, backed by Sunni Saudi Arabia and Sunni Turkey, take over. And who knows what would then happen in precarious Lebanon, where the Shia Muslim Hizbollah would then be in a very sensitive position, deprived of a major ally, presumably next on the Saudi target list, yet still powerfully armed and well-trained?
And then there is Shia Iran - Syria’s
principal ally and Saudi Arabia’s principal hate-object ( and probably
the real target of all this fuss) . Much could follow from an Assad
defeat, and much of it could involve violence and danger. It is time
people realised that the Sunni-Shia split, in which Syria is embroiled
whether she likes it or not, is now a more dangerous fault-line in the
Middle East than the stalemated Arab-Israeli conflict.
Read the rest of Hitchen's perceptive article on the Syrian Civil War here