Thursday, February 17, 2005

Any college freshman sitting through Introduction to World Politics could have seen this one coming a mile away. Or anybody up on their Arab proverbs such as "the enemy of my enemy is my friend".

Syria and Iran, both condemned by the Bush administration for their links to terrorism, announced yesterday that they are forming a united front to deal with potential threats.

"In view of the special conditions faced by Syria, Iran will transfer its experience, especially concerning sanctions, to Syria," said Iranian First Vice President Mohammad Reza Aref after a meeting in Tehran with Syrian Prime Minister Mohammed Naji Otri. "At this sensitive point, the two countries require a united front due to numerous challenges." He did not elaborate.
The only real surprise is that it took nearly two years after the invasion of Iraq for Iran and Syria to formally tie the knot. Even though Syria is a secular Ba'athist dictatorship and Iran is a Shi'ia theocracy, it's amazing what friendships can form when the same guy has you both in his crosshairs with 130,000 troops hunkered down next door.

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