The Passionate Attachment

America's entanglement with Israel

Why Saban wants Americans to believe they have a ‘responsibility to protect’ Syria

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Reading Shadi Hamid’s “Why We Have a Responsibility to Protect Syria” in The Atlantic, one could be forgiven for wondering which country he is referring to when he talks about “our self-interest”:

Hastening Bashar al-Assad’s fall, aside from being the right thing to do, would also be squarely in our self-interest. The Iran-Syria-Hezbollah axis would be destroyed. Iran would find itself significantly weakened without its traditional entry point into the Arab world. Hezbollah, dependent on both Iranian and Syrian military and financial support, would also suffer.

Hamid is a director of research at the Brookings Doha Center and a fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy. As Haim Saban, the Israeli-American media mogul whose $12 million pledge established Hamid’s employer, once told the New York Times:

I’m a one-issue guy and my issue is Israel.

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Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

January 31, 2012 at 8:20 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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