The Pernicious Influence of Iran, Part 97

By Jeffrey Goldberg

Iran appears to be helping Bashar al-Assad hunt down democracy activists:

The reasons for the newfound ability to sever communications were unclear, but Obama administration officials have said Iran, which faced a similar uprising in 2009, has provided the Syrian government, a longtime ally, with coercive supplies like tear gas, along with communications equipment that might help interrupt activists' phones.

"The only country they can trust to back them to the end is Iran," said an analyst based in Syria who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution.

Let us review: Iran is trying to seize control of the Shi'a rebellion in Bahrain; it is supporting Shi'a rebels in Yemen; it undermines Lebanese sovereignty by supporting Hezbollah; it provides rockets to Hamas, which launches them against civilian targets in Israel; it systematically undermines the American mission in Afghanistan; and it helps Bashar al-Assad kill his own citizens. And this is a partial list.


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