With the attention on the Arab Spring, lets examine what may be one of the lesser know potential fatalities in the Middle East.
Hamas and here's why.
The militant group is going through some difficult times right now with a not so bright a future.
The unnatural alliance with Persian Iran is diminishing because Hamas is a Sunni organization, and being the proxie of a non-Arab Shi'ite state just isn't working out.
Hamas basically has refused Iran's directive to support the embattled Bashar Assad in Syria.
Result – Iran's money isn't coming in.
Hamas looks after approximately 50,000 'officials' and security personnel in Gaza alone.
Next thing, the organization is also experiencing internal power struggles. This is reflected in last weeks developement, Hamas's leader Khaled Mashaal decided to step down and with it – the leadership that has navigated it's successes.
Then Hamas's Head Quarter is obliged to quit Damascus and has not found a new home. Moving to Gaza is not an option because Israel would eliminate it.
Forth, Hamas hasn't received much verbal support from the Arab world's newly-installed Islamist governments, so there's no outlook for a bailout from any of them anytime soon.
Lastly, the reconciliation talks with the 'internationally accepted' Palestine Liberation Organization is not really going anywhere.
One interesting idea is that if Israel would lift it's blockade on Gaza and the situation improve there, the people would not be so quick to associate with Hamas who largely lives off anti-Israel talk, rallies, and actions.
Middle East Correspondent