As Syrian dictator Bashar Assad continues to slaughter his people under the pretext that his regime is facing an "external conspiracy," a growing number of Arab and Muslim leaders are turning their backs on him.

The only two leaders who continue to support Assad's brutal and merciless crackdown on his people are Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hizbollah's Hassan Nasrallah.

Iran and Hizbollah want Syria's Bashar Assad to stay in power so that they can continue flooding the region with weapons in preparation for war not only against Israel, but also against moderate Arabs and Muslims.

Hizbollah and Iran are obviously afraid that the downfall of the Assad regime would mean the loss of a strategic ally in the Middle East: Syria. With the help of the Assad regime, Iran and Hizbollah have long been meddling in the internal affairs of the Palestinians, the Lebanese and other Arab countries.

Aware of Iran's and Hizbollah's intentions, the Gulf countries have stepped up their security coordination to stop them from achieving their goal.

Nasrallah and Ahmadinejad do not want to see democracy and reform in the Arab and Islamic countries. The pro-democracy uprisings sweeping the Arab and Islamic world are a serious threat to their interests and ambitions.

Iranian and Hizbollah agents are even reported to have arrived in Syria to help the regime and its armed thugs quell anti-government demonstrators.

US government officials revealed that members of Iran's elite Al-Quds Force were involved in the brutal campaign against Syrian demonstrators.

Iranian-assisted computer surveillance is believed to have led to the arrests of hundreds of Syrian activists, the officials said.

A Lebanese parliament member, Mouin al-Mehrebi, revealed this week that armed people closely associated with Hizbollah have crossed the northern borders into Syrian territories.

Hizbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah last week emerged from his hiding place in Beirut to declare his full support for Assad. He later met with Assad to discuss "reforms" in Syria.

Nasrallah urged Syrians to rally behind the regime that has been slaughtering them on a daily basis in recent weeks, and claimed that only Israel and the US stand to benefit from the collapse of Assad's regime.

Nasrallah forgot to mention, however, that Assad and his father, Hafez, have perpetrated massacres against Lebanese and Palestinians in Lebanon over the past three decades.

It is worth-noting that even Hamas has refused to come out in support of Assad's repressive regime.

Last week, following Nasrallah's public endorsement of the Assad regime, Syrian protesters were filmed torching portraits of the Hizbollah chief. This, of course, is an encouraging development that needs to be supported by all those who want to bring an end to corruption and tyranny in the Arab and Islamic countries.

What is also encouraging is that an increased number of Arabs are not buying Assad's claim that he is facing an "external conspiracy" from Israel, the US and Muslim fundamentalists.

Hizbollah and Iran have nothing to offer Arabs and Muslims other than more violence, bloodshed and repression.

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