Iran’s Syrian boondoggle
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