I have this image of Nasrallah crying outside the bedroom door because he can’t understand why mommy and daddy are fighting:

Syrian President Bashar Assad exchanged harsh words with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a phone conversation, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Siyassah reported on Wednesday…

[T]he conversation reportedly turned ugly when Ahmadinejad voiced support for the establishment of an international tribunal on the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri – a sensitive subject for Syria, which has been suspected of involvement in the Lebanese leader’s death.

The report said that Assad became enraged and launched into an angry tirade, cursing the Iranians at the end of the conversation.

It’s far-fetched, but not as much as you may think. There have been rumors for weeks that Iran was ready to make a deal with the Saudis over the standoff between Hezbollah and the government. Hezbollah and the Shiites would get more representatives in the Lebanese government, which would in return placate the Sunnis by ratifying the UN tribunal that’s been formed to investigate the assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri. Presumably the tribunal’s going to end up pointing the finger at Assad himself, otherwise I don’t understand why the Syrians are so nervous about it. Iran seems willing to cross that bridge; Assad obviously isn’t.

A skilled tactician would seize this opportunity to play them off each other and see if we can’t convert that into security gains in Iraq. Anyone know where we can find one?


Update: Man, when it rains, it pours.