http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D2C49F9E-49EE-4DEA-92EA-7EE5DBD80179.htm *dons tin-foil hat* I'm starting to smell a big fat rat here. How come every country that threatens Israel and/or has oil starts to suffer Islamist/nationalist uprisings, potentially justifying US intervention and ultimately leading to the break-up of that country into quarrellling (but not threatening to Israel) minor fiefdoms? Iraq Iran - bombs going off in arab-dominated, oil rich province nearest Iraq. Now Syria. Let's not forget the oil-rich provinces of Saudi are Shia-dominated. And the Kurds provide the US with a useful tool. Also don't forget the Shia are not one unified, homogenous mass- arab and persian and other shia don't see eye to eye entirely and there are definite disputes as to the 'capital' of shiism - Najkaf/Karbala in Iraq or Qom in Iran. I see a 'divide and rule' strategy writ large here. Maybe I'm seeing what I want to see, but I always thought the USA were the world champions at 'grand strategy' (after all, they completely took the p1ss out of UK and the rest of Euorpe in the 20th Cent.). I'd been having my doubts lately, but seemingly the strategy is becoming clearer.