You don't even need to read between the line to find out where he is coming. Remember his Arab spring article on Saudi-Arabia.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) Pinned comment
Thomas Friedman is increasingly veering towards fictional writing.

It's becoming the norm for his analysis to be littered w/ unsubstantiated claims, conveniently used to form a series of tenuous conclusions that can conveniently support his desired propaganda.

A few gems from this piece...

"Suleimani’s Quds Force now more or less controls — through proxies — four Arab capitals: Damascus, Beirut, Baghdad and Sana."

"Iran has actually become the biggest “occupying power” in the Arab world today."

"Unless Suleimani backs down, you are about to see in Syria an unstoppable force"

And here's a taste of Friedman's sophomoric gossip: [Iran's military expansion in Syria] "appears to be an ego-power play by Iran’s Quds Force leader Suleimani"

The little he does get right is about Iran's economy and improving the lives of Iranians. In the face of a full-blown economic crisis that is sharply deteriorating the quality of life of most Iranians, the country's power brokers continue to foolishly spend the nation's treasure on regional adventurism.

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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) Pinned comment
The Israelis have made it known on a number of occasions that they will not tolerate an Iranian presence near their borders, and I have no doubt that they will continue to act. Iran is fully aware of this, and if it chooses to maintain a presence in Syria, near the Israeli border, it will suffer the consequences. It doesn't matter if Assad invited them in. They know the game they are playing.
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