Most Americans have little idea of which and where different countries are in the Middle East. Most know that many people in the Middle East are Muslims; but think that they are a minority in the world and can be changed to Christians with a little gunpowder.
McCain seems not to mind pushing war. After a few decades, he can't help knowing that Sunni and Shi'a are willing to fight forever. VP Biden suggested allowing Iraq to split apart into separate governments of Sunni (60%) and Shi'a (40%). Iraq's present bombings are a continuation of that old fight. McCain was against splitting them; it's an old tactic of GB and Russia to join difference ethnics and religions to keep them destabilized.
Iran is Shi'a.
The Syrian government is Alawi (12%) and works with Shi'a (13%)
Lebanese Heszbollah is Shi'a.
Syria is 74% Sunni who are the rebels.
Saudi Arabia is Wahabi Sunni.
Turkey is Sunni.
There lies the split between Sunni and Shi'a. and Mc Cain knows it. He's willing to get the US into a war by aligning with Saudi, Turkey, and Syrian rebel Sunni against Iranian, Syrian, and Lebanese Shi'a.
Russia defends Iran and Syria governments to destabilize the region while attracting Iran and much of Iraq. It will makes waves in Cairo with the new President Morsi, and can spread further.
There's a great possiblity of making business for international arms corporations and skim for international bankers on all sides while Muslims do most of the fighting for centuries. The decision to be made is how much of US infrastructure can be devoted to blowing things up halfway around the world instead of fixing US infrastructure and caring for US citizens. The possibility is to starve out and neglect US poor while enhancing the income of upper income recipients.
"The crisis in Syria, observers here said, has become a kind of proxy war in the Sunni-Shia divide.
It was clear at the two-day summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that Iran’s Shiite theocracy is unwavering in its support of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad. Led by an Alawite minority that is considered an offshoot of Shiite Islam, Assad’s regime stepped up its pounding of the opposition, even as the delegates of the 52-nation regional organization were convening.
Meanwhile, the predominantly Sunni nations of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states that attended the summit made it clear they were putting their regional clout and their petro dollars behind the still ill-defined Syrian rebel forces, which are suffering enormous casualties in a war that has already claimed 60,000 lives."