Please see here for the cable showing how the usa highlighted the different aspect and weaknesses in their view of the Syrian government and how they sought to unite with Saudi Arabia and to a lesser extent with Egypt in undermining the Syrian government. Did Muburak back track on this strategy in relation to Syria, and was this part of the reason why the west felt they had to drop Mubarak?
Here is one quote from the cable which clearly shows how the usa seeks to play upon and magnify sectarian divisions in the region to contain the resistance to their greater domination being mainly Iran as well as Syria and Hizbullah:
"PLAY ON SUNNI FEARS OF IRANIAN INFLUENCE: There are fears in Syria that the Iranians are active in both Shia proselytizing and conversion of, mostly poor, Sunnis. Though often exaggerated, such fears reflect an element of the Sunni community in Syria that is increasingly upset by and focused on the spread of Iranian influence in their country through activities ranging from mosque construction to business. Both the local Egyptian and Saudi missions here, (as well as prominent Syrian Sunni religious leaders), are giving increasing attention to the matter and we should coordinate more closely with their governments on ways to better publicize and focus regional attention on the issue."
One doesn't need these cable exposed to see the obvious anyhow, that the west use these divide and rule tricks, rely upon their chief allies in the region such as Saudi to give an Arab face to their dirty tricks.
The obvious position in response to these empire games would be those who believe in independence, people-centred development and greater democracy in the struggle against zionism and imperialism to focus on the struggle to free the region against the primary anti-demoractic and pro-western regimes and forces in the region, above all being israel, Saudi and the other Gulf monarchies, of whom all are creations of the British. It is a real tragedy that instead too many of our people are falling into the trap set by empire, and are instead going after those governments that the west have wanted regime change in for some time now.
British prime minister's trip to Saudi last January also shows that the strategy exposed in the above wikileak cable also is manifest with British-Saudi relations in relation to Iran and Syria: "Cameron is understood to have agreed with the Saudis that a tougher line was needed on Iran, requiring tougher action from the Russians at the UN security council." (source)
Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm