Many anti-imperialist friends of mine and I have been saying for many months now that the attack on Syria, and indeed the attack on Libya and this whole Arab Spring operation, has been a means for the west to cut off the supply routes to Hizbullah, contain the Palestinian resistance and sever Syria as a pro-resistance entity in the region. Below a piece from the Washington Post says pretty much exactly this, and even states in its title that the Syrian situation is not so much about 'democracy' but about these strategic aims.
Below the Washington Post quote is a Salafi leader in Syria who explains very clearly how his violent sectarianism in relation to Iran, Hizbullah and Assad fits perfectly the western agenda on the region.
Sukant Chandan - Sons of Malcolm
No surprise that the Arab League, many of whose members are no tenderhearted humanitarians, is pressing hard for Assad’s departure. His fall would deprive Iran of an intra-Arab staging area and sever its corridor to the Mediterranean. Syria would return to the Sunni fold. Hezbollah, Tehran’s agent in Lebanon, could be next, withering on the vine without Syrian support and Iranian materiel. And Hamas would revert to Egyptian patronage.
Sheikh Louay al-Zouabi, the secretary-general of Syrian Salafist group Al-Muamineen al-Yousharikoun:
"Our No. 1 enemy is [Ayatollah Ali] Khamenei [the supreme leader of Iran] and the Iranian regime. Not the Iranian people, just the regime. Our second enemy is Hezbollah. Our third enemy is the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
Q: Bashar al-Assad is third? But your struggle is directly against the Assad regime, not Iran and Hezbollah.
ZOUABI: Assad is third because it is natural for him to want to kill me because I am trying to overthrow him. But why do Iran and Hezbollah want me dead? What have I done to them? In 2006 [during the month-long war between Hezbollah and Israel], we welcomed the Hezbollah people [who fled to Syria from south Lebanon] and gave them food, blankets, shelter. We never did anything against them. We gave them everything they needed in 2006, but now they have turned against us. We consider the Iranians traitors because they have taken the side of Bashar al-Assad.
The Iranians and Hizbullah want you dead because your stupid sectarian plot against Assad will strengthen the imperialists and Zionists. But apparently he doesn't have a problem with that:
"I met with American officials and I told them that I could be their enemy in Iraq because of the occupation but I could be their friend in Syria when they come as visitors."