• Chaos in the Middle East Means Trouble for Iran — and That’s a Good Thing

    Surge Summary: Anti-Iranian activity in Iraq and Lebanon represent significant developments. They are encouraging signs of opposition to the regime – which is “the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism”.

    by Gary Bauer

    The chaos in the Middle East is not limited to Syria.  And while it is easy to overlook amid the churning domestic scene here at home, there are big developments taking place in Iraq and Lebanon.

    Massive protests against corruption have erupted in both countries, threatening Tehran’s grip on the region.  The Iranian consulate in Karbala was attacked.  The Iraqi flag was posted on the compound’s walls.  In Baghdad, protestors have destroyed posters of Iranian leaders.  In southern Iraq, a Shiite militia leader (backed by Iran) was pulled from an ambulance and killed in the street.

    In Lebanon, the prime minister has been forced to resign and there are growing protests against Hezbollah.

    Instability in the Middle East is rarely a good thing.  But in this case, I find it encouraging that the people of Iraq and Lebanon are rising up against their Iranian occupiers.

    There are historical tensions between Arabs and Persians, and Iran’s influence in the Middle East is anything but benign.  The ayatollah’s regime has earned its designation as the world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism.  Everywhere Tehran extends its tentacles, death and destruction follow.

    Originally posted here.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge. 

    Image: Iraqis storm Iraqi Consulate in Karbala; Screen shot; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFlFH9PIIRc

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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