Iran’s Syr­ian boon­dog­gle

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De­spite Martin Chulov’s su­perbly clear ex­pli­ca­tion of Iran’s pro­jected road to Da­m­as­cus (23 June), it took me three reads to cat­a­logue all the dis­crete play­ers along the route (12 if you in­clude the sovereign gov­ern­ments of Iran, Syria, Le­banon, and Tur­key, and the road­crew it­self as a ho­mo­ge­neous unit), ver­ily “a be­wil­der­ing game of chess be­tween mul­ti­ple play­ers”. I had ex­pe­ri­enced sim­i­lar be­fud­dle­ment over sec­tar­ian maps of Syria dur­ing the bomb­ing war: who al­lies with whom, why and how long is thorny.

A boon­dog­gle in­deed: as­sum­ing that con­struc­tion it­self can be fin­ished, how in the world would you pro­tect such a cor­ri­dor? RM Frans­son Wheat Ridge, Colorado, US

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