Fuckin' Saudis... if this "war for oil" bullshit was true, and America was acting out of cold economic self-interest, S.A. would have been toppled instead of Iraq. Nobody likes the Saudis.
Well, give Washington credit-- they won't now be used as a pawn for Sunni Islam; perhaps they actually learned something after being embaressed and completely duped by Chalabi and his neocon pals into providing the muscle for the Shia takeover of Iraq.
Nasrullah is a very clever political actor, and like his counterpart Sadr in Iraq he understands the nessecity of "crossover appeal". When Hezbollah kicked Israel out of South Lebanon several years ago, he ordered his people to waive not the Hezbollah battle standard but the national Lebanese flag. Even Christians and Sunni Muslims admire Hezbollah's tenacity; it will be interesting to see if and to what extent their units will cordinate with the Lebanese Army in the future.
This all places Syria in an awkward position, being allied with Iran yet at the same time wary of Shia Islam's advance on its southern flank. But don't expect America to display any diplomatic tact in exploiting these relationships with a pant-suit wearing Secretary of Defense and Curious George as C-in-C.
Saudi Arabia grants the Anglo-American oil industry juicy contracts Saddam Hussein wouldn't. You have to understand that when people say "war for oil" what they mean or should mean is not that the US-UK is trying to acquire oil for the American and British people, but rather business for corporations like Halliburton.
Chalabi didn't dupe the US into Iraq, the PNAC (American oil combined with American Likudniks) did. He helped them because he saw it as a route to power, anti-Saddam powers united.
Syria is ruled by Shia, that's why its pro-Hezbollah and pro-Iran. They support the advance of Shia hegemony in the region.