Amal Saad-Ghroyeb is a Lebanese writer on politics of the region, and is the author on probably the best book on Hizbullah. Ghorayeb makes the following comment below, arising from this statement from Palestinian intellectuals who are in support of regime change in Syria.
I have stated many times on tv appearances and in comments on this site (most recently here and here) as to the grave dangers that the current tide of regime change (aka Arab Spring) is having on the Palestinian liberation movement, and on the regional anti-imperialist, anti-zionist and progressive democratic and socialist struggle. If the Syrian regime falls, we will be seeing a quick tightening of the noose around the Lebanese resistance movement Hizbullah and the Palestinian resistance movement.
Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm
"... Unfortunately the opposition and many "third way" intellectual seems to have developed an acute case of amnesia regarding Assad's (especially Bashar's) steadfast position on Palestine and Arab rights. They remind us of the late 70s and 80s under Hafez's leadership and extrapolate from that period the regime's current strategic position and value to the resistance axis.
They look at the diplomatic maneuvering Assad made vis-a-vis the West and misconstrue that as a sign of his apparent readiness to sell-out given the right price; they whine about the Syrian Army's military inaction on the Golan front while forgetting how many troops Syria lost in Lebanon during the Israeli invasion of 1982, and overlooking how Syria's conventional armed forces are no match for Israel.
Interestingly, these same people don't realize that the constraints imposed by political and geo-strategic reality have neutralized Hizbullah's resistance activity since 2006 although Lebanese territory remains occupied. And like Syria, Hizbullah has also prevented other rogue groups from attacking Israel so as to deprive it of a pretext to re-invade. Hamas and IJ have done the same in Palestine. Does that make them all traitors? This simplistic type of reasoning is used as a kind of moral cover for the oppositionists who frankly don't prioritize Palestine any more or never did to begin with.
As for the third way types, this argument is devoid any strategic thinking and consideration of realities on the ground. If Assad was such a sell-out why has he been under constant pressures, sanctions and isolation for over a decade now? As the Seyyid [Hzbullah leader, Nasrallah] advised, one has to look at the big picture for answers: the regime's political and military assistance for resistance movements (as well as its alliance with Iran) is the answer. We need only look the repressive and religiously bigoted regimes of Arab moderation to find proof of how subservience to the US and Israel pays off in regime stability. For now anyway...."