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Practical benefits of continued Civil War.

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Submitted by samuel amaral (Angola), Dec 19, 2013 at 08:57

Aside Israel repeated strikes at weapons shipments in transit to Lebanon and the Syrian Regime intentions of giving up on their Chemical weapons, what are the practical benefits of prolonged fighting between Iran and Non-iranian Islamists ?

Iran is already set to get the Nuclear weapons, Assad resources being spent in this war weren't going to be used against Israel anyway, Hezbollah still remains secure in Lebanon, and Iran doesn't seem to be suffering great losses in their Syrians Vietnam. Maybe some people somewhere might have been expecting that the Refugee pressure on Jordan would make it implode and create a Palistinian state, but Amman seems to be doing fine.

Besides the spectacle of extremists hitting each other on the head with Iron bars, what are the practical benefits of prolonged fighting ?

PS : I admit not to possess any privy information that might answer these question, so I am lost also

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The practical result is avoiding the consequences of one side or the other triumphant in Damascus and beyond.

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