The enemy of my enemy is my friend
Iran has vowed to back Syria against 'challenges and threats' as both countries face strong US pressure.
Russia, always the opportunist, is looking more and more like it really is actively trying to thwart US interests:
Earlier, the Russian Defence Ministry confirmed it was discussing the possibility of selling missiles to Syria. Talks are said to be focusing on a short-range anti-aircraft missile system, known as Strelets.
White House Spokesman Scott McClellan's response makes no sense:
Washington said that if Iran and Syria had aimed their remarks at the US they were "misreading the issue". ... "Their problem is not with the United States, it's with the international community. Both Syria and Iran ... need to abide by the commitments they have made," he said.
The White House has been threatening (albeit a little incoherently) to attack Iran. It is claiming that the recent bombing/assassination in Lebanon was Syria's doing, with the clear intention of getting Syria to withdraw the 16,000 troops it has stationed in Lebanon, as well as possibly preparing the ground for a US invasion of Syria. If either country is misreading the situation, it's only because the US has been scribbling all over the text. Syria's reponse is striking:
"To point to Syria in a terrorist act that aims at destabilising both Syria and Lebanon is truly like blaming the US for 9/11," [Syrian Expatriate Affairs Minister Buthaina Shaaban] told the BBC.