*Syrian troops recapture border crossing at Golan Heights after fierce fighting: Syrian troops backed up by tanks and armoured vehicles yesterday recaptured the Quneitra crossing-point on the ceasefire line between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, driving off rebel gunmen who had overrun the site. Two UN observers were wounded by shrapnel landing close to their base in the buffer zone.
*In a landscape of crumbling buildings, empty tank shells and shards of glass and rubble, looting was widespread Thursday. Locals and people who appeared to be pro-Assad soldiers and paramilitants hauled away furniture, electronics and cars toward the city of Homs, to the north, and in the direction of Lebanon, some 10 miles to the south.
What little order prevailed here appeared to be maintained by young fighters from Hezbollah—the Iran-backed Lebanese group that entered Syria to fight alongside government forces in the monthlong ground siege and bombardment that ultimately drove rebels from this strategic town Wednesday. A four-hour walk in Qusayr revealed the freshest marks of a war that is inflaming Sunnis and Shiites across the region.
* Thousands of Hezbollah's fighters from Lebanon have streamed into Syria to help Assad take a stronghold for the rebels in Qusair this week and the seizure may turn the two-year conflict in his favor. While the West debates whether to intervene on the side of the rebels, and pushes for peace talks this month in Geneva, Hezbollah and its patron Iran have gone all in to keep Syria in the hands of an anti-American dictator.
Iran is a Shiite Muslim theocracy and the Assad regime is headed by Alawites, who are a Shiite offshoot. But it is not the centuries-old divide in the Muslim world that prompted Iran to unleash the Shiites of Hezbollah, a force also known as the Party of God that Iran has trained and armed for years, according to the U.S. State Department. "The Assad regime has always supported the Party of God — Iran's proxy in Lebanon
By attacking and defeating Iraq we freed Iran up to pursue her version of new middle East order by interfering wherever she could while Bush was doing the same thing with his Middle East Democratization program. I think you can see how successful Bush and Cheney were with chaos creating Middle East Democracy program but you are barely seeing the results they created in Iran.
The goal absolutely is to be the country who decides which direction the new Middle East (dis)order will take. Bush started it by attacking Iraq to get into the middle east to destabilize it and start the new middle east order the idiot said God told him to do now it will be up to Iran and Saudi Arabia at least up front fight it out whether this goes the Iranian Shiite way or the Saudi Arabian Sunni way and do not forget Israel!