Powerline has an interesting post about the current crisis in the Middle East. It is interesting because it highlights some of the things that I have previously mentioned (and keep in mind that I have no training as an analyst). I think that the article is well worth reading because it provides some insight regarding the Egyptian involvement in Syria.
A few things should be mentioned:
1. Morsi is a Shiite, just as Muslim Brotherhood is Shiite, and this explains why Morsi has a preference for Iran. However, in this article it mentions that Morsi has turned from Iran and Syria and has been critical. Perhaps this is the Alawite factor coming into play (Alawites are not pure Shia).
2. The author of the article acknowledges what I have been emphasizing for ages – this is a Sunni vs Shia conflict.
3. There are some perspectives that I had not considered when talking about Sunni vs. Shia, especially how such a conflict impacts the West.
4. Oddly enough prior to reading the very last part of the article I was reminded not of the US interference in Afghanistan after the Russian invasion (which is something I had considered) but of another war that was very bloody and where there was no result. That was was the Iran-Iraq war. In that war the USA gave some help to Saddam Hussein and Iraq. It seemed to be a choice between the Devil and his assistant.
It is this 4th point that piqued my interest for the very reason that I had forgotten about that particular war even though it played out when I was a young adult. This is the war where the Iranians, and I think the Iraqis did it as well, sent children to the front, and it was the children who were blown to pieces by the landmines. In fact, it was with this war that we had thousands of landmines being used in what is an atrocious way.
So, this raises a few questions about whether or not the West, including USA, France and UK should be giving any aid in the form of military equipment to the those who oppose Assad. I continue to have the view that the West should simply remain on the sidelines, and let the Sunni vs. Shia conflict continue. However, I recognize that there are higher stakes to consider. This is because the conflict has the potential to spark another cold war. Russia constantly remains in the background of these Middle Eastern countries. Russia is supporting Assad in this conflict. This means Russia is opposing Saudi Arabia.