Friday, May 27, 2005

Condaleeza hammers, Syria confesses 

Condoleezza Rice has been hammering away at Syria in recent weeks, at one point saying that "Syria that needs to understand that it should not think itself immune from the way that the region is going." This is widely understood as an accusation that Syria has been supporting the reactionaries in Iraq, at least to the extent of ignoring their use of its border as an entrance and an exit.

Syria has responded with extended whining, finally declaring that it would no longer share intelligence or otherwise cooperate with the United States. Presumably to bolster the point that the United States would regret losing that cooperation, Syria announced yesterday that in recent weeks it had arrested 1,200 would-be insurgents who were attempting to cross from its territory into Iraq.
"We gave a lot of information to the United States on these issues, which prevented many attacks, but regrettably, the United States did not recognize such kind of help," [Syria's ambassador to the United Nations, Fayssal Mekdad,] said in an interview.

The Associated Press, it seems, has written this story upside down. If Syria has, in fact, been able to arrest more than a thousand insurgents in just the last few weeks, why hasn't it been doing that for the last two years? Syria, in its braggodocio, has implicitly confessed that it has been able to stop insurgents from crossing the border all along, and effectively admitted the charges against it.

UPDATE: Ooops. I spelled the Secretary of State's first name wrong. That's something that definitely would not happen in the mainstream media, so they have that going for them!


By Blogger Mick Wright, at Fri May 27, 08:38:00 AM:


By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri May 27, 08:41:00 AM:

Wow. Good Point. Yet .nNo doubt the liberal MSM will blame Bush's arrogant ways as causing the loss of such a valuable ally that Syria was......(rolling eyes).

Yep. Better keep Bolton out of the UN. He might actually do something instead of kiss killer's asses.

Dr. No  

By Blogger tarpon, at Fri May 27, 09:31:00 AM:

Syria and Iraq are connected at the hip, the old Baath party of Iraq originated in Syria. The changes in Iraq are a real threat to Syria, I assume that is why Syria bailed so quick on Lebanon.

Syria has no real economy, there was a lot of help from Iraq -- free oil, and stealing from Lebanon, that supported Syrias economy. With that support gone, Syria is becoming a sick country fast.

Wouldn't be surprised if Syria collaspes by years end.  

By Blogger TallDave, at Fri May 27, 09:47:00 AM:

Good point, and not one you'll ever likely see in the MSM.  

By Blogger Jabba the Tutt, at Fri May 27, 10:58:00 AM:

snooker: ...Syria is becoming a sick country fast.

Syria is becoming a sicker country fast.;^)  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri May 27, 11:13:00 AM:

1200, but did the Syrians interrogate them to take down the supply network? Did they detain them to keep them out of the game and discourage others? Or did the Syrians just sent them home so they can try again to get into Iraq?  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri May 27, 11:26:00 AM:

please see this article for more Arab madness
The fallacy of the Fallaci ‘fatwa’
by Kathleen Parker

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri May 27, 11:41:00 AM:

Everyone is right on. Remember President Reagans remarks when the libs and the press were "howling" about his decision to deploy the Pershing missiles in Europe. I'm paraphrasing here but he said, "well since they don't like the name Pershing, I'll re-name them the PeaceMaker". He didn't backdone and we should not back down today against these terrorist regimes. I believe we should now follow "hot pursuit" into Syria and Iran.

Many if not the most on the left don't even think about the negative consequences to our economy should another act occur here such as 9/11. Look how the aftermath of 9/11 reduced further the market decline of 2001.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri May 27, 04:14:00 PM:

I want to be with you, I really do, but the one does not necessarily follow the other. Just because they didn't announce that they'd caught any before doesn't mean they didn't. They could have been keeping it quiet for their own reasons (not to hack off whack jobs with bombs, perhaps?) and decided the risk of announcing it this time was worth it to put a finger in Uncle Sam's eye.

By the same token, just because they figured out how to catch some this time (and assuming they hadn't caught any before), doesn't mean they weren't trying before, only that they were unsuccessful. Maybe the whack jobs got careless, arrogant, or maybe somebody turned. There are any number of reasons.

You took a leap of logic, and while I might have a gut feeling that you landed on the right spot, there's no solid ground between what they did and announced and what you leapt to. If you wanna talk smack about somebody your logic needs to be pretty much air tight.  

By Blogger TigerHawk, at Fri May 27, 04:31:00 PM:

joe f.: While I agree with your reasoning -- I definitely took something of a leap -- I do not agree with your final point. People smack around the United States without "air tight" logic and do not feel bad about it. Why should I need "air tight" logic to pick on Syria?  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri May 27, 08:00:00 PM:

I know this is off topic, but is there a good resort in Syria
that has all the comforts of home like Im used too?

Yours, Dead but not embalmed yet

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat May 28, 01:54:00 AM:

Are Americans ever going to realize that Syria has been in the middle of all the violence in the Mideast for the last 50 years?
It is time that we held them accountable for their actions.A little "Tokyo firebombing" of Damascus might send the message that we are tired of their terrorist act.The Syrians have been responsible for the death of Americans from Lebanon in the 80s until present day Iraq.They are a proud member of the axis of evil and should be dealt with as such.  

By Blogger leaddog2, at Sat May 28, 06:53:00 AM:

Just give the Kurds the weapons they need and watch them exterminate the Alawites. That is a start.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Jun 10, 04:10:00 PM:

Re Anonymous' last comment:

Bombing Tripoli and Benghazi, including Qadhaffi's house did a lot to subdue that source of terror, so the same sort of attitude adjustment might assist Mr. Assad in seeing the light.  

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