Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Iran Feels Heat Over Support for Damascus - WSJ.com

It's in the pay for view section and I don't pay. The teaser below says it all though. Iran Feels Heat Over Support for Damascus - WSJ.com:
BY FARNAZ FASSIHI
BEIRUT—Iran's steadfast support for Syria's regime has rapidly eroded Tehran's credibility among Arabs, leaving the country with a foreign-policy dilemma as popular uprisings mount across the region.

Supporting President Bashar al-Assad will further diminish Tehran's already troubled standing in the region, political analysts say. But abandoning him would crumble Iran's platform in Syria.

"They've lost a lot of soft power and credibility, and the situation in Syria makes it worse," said Paul Salem, director of the Middle East Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. "There are new revolutions and heroes to look up to in the Middle East, and Iran is ...

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