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pogge
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posted 15 October 2003 10:37 PM      Profile for pogge   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
From Aljazeera.Net

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Syria has been dealt a huge blow by American politicians from the House of Representatives who voted 398-4 to impose sanctions.

The US House of Representatives' blames its near unanimous decision to sanction Syria on the country's alleged ties to armed groups and purported efforts to obtain nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

The legislation, the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Act, also calls on Damascus to end its occupation of Lebanon.

United States president George Bush last week ended two years of opposition to the legislation, and has indicated he will sign it.

[snip]

Before reaching the president's desk, the measure must first be approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and then by the full Senate, which is expected in the coming weeks.


Despite the qualification in that last paragraph, I think we can assume that if Bush has indicated he'll sign it then it'll reach his desk.


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Courage
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posted 15 October 2003 10:53 PM      Profile for Courage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by Slim:
From Aljazeera.Net

Despite the qualification in that last paragraph, I think we can assume that if Bush has indicated he'll sign it then it'll reach his desk.


Anyone doubt that U.S. and Israeli policy are hand in glove anymore?


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al-Qa'bong
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posted 16 October 2003 12:52 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Watch it, Courage; you sound like an antisemite there.

The Beirut Daily Star has an interesting article on the subject. As always, I have to copy the whole thing because the Daily Star doesn't maintain links to articles.

There's a discussion on another thread, far from the Middle East forum, in which Syria is accused of a "brutal occupation" of Lebanon. The "evidence" posted is from a Maronite Christian (y'know, like the Sabra and Shatila triggermen) site, so there may be some bias.

The Daily Star has both critical and positive things to say about all sides, from what I've read, so I see no reason to doubt its credibility here:

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Lebanese divided over US pressure on Syria
Legislator blames ‘Zionist lobby’

Alia Ibrahim
Daily Star staff.

The Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act, expected to be passed in the US House of Representatives on Wednesday, remains to a large extent a very divisive issue among the Lebanese.
At one extreme, the overwhelmingly pro-Syrian authorities announced their complete rejection of the draft law on the basis that its only aim is to put pressure on Damascus.
At the other extreme, mainly supporters of exiled former army commander General Michel Aoun, this act is strongly endorsed on the basis that it will end Syrian hegemony in Lebanon.
Between both extremes lie a wide range of Lebanese.
Among them are those who support Syrian intervention in Lebanon and genuinely believe that Syria is a stabilizing agent.
Others believe that Syria’s presence in Lebanon does not justify US interference in the affairs of the two countries.
There are also those who are very critical of Syria’s role here but still find themselves unwilling to support the American act, which would impose severe economic and diplomatic sanctions on Damascus.
Such a rejection is based either on a preference to take Syria’s side in light of the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict, or on a lack of trust in US intentions that is based in turn on the conviction that the US administration is more interested in good relations with Syria than Lebanon and that it would reach an agreement with Damascus at the expense of Lebanon.
The act demands that Syria stop supporting “terrorism,” end its “occupation” of Lebanon, stop any development of weapons of mass destruction and all illegal transactions with Iraq regarding oil and shipment of weapons.
It demands that the Lebanese government deploy troops to the Israeli border. It also stipulates that both Lebanon and Syria must enter into unconditional, bilateral negotiations for peace with Israel.
Speaking on behalf of Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, which held a meeting Tuesday, Tyre MP Ali Khalil said that the act was prepared by the “Zionist lobby and some Zionist neoconservatives in the American administration.”
He said US demands from Syria contradict “nationalist and patriotic beliefs” with regard to the definition of terrorism and the distinction between terrorism and legitimate resistance.
Khalil linked the legislation to last week’s Israeli air strike against Syria, saying they both aimed to pressure Damascus.
He also said that US support of the Israeli attack would further undermine the role of the United Nations.


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posted 17 October 2003 02:44 PM      Profile for pogge   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Is Syria Next?

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To properly understand the Syria Accountability Act, one has to go back to a 1996 document, "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm," drafted by a team of advisers to Benjamin Netanyahu in his run for prime minister of Israel. The authors included current Bush advisers Richard Perle and Douglas Feith. "Syria challenges Israel on Lebanese soil," they wrote, calling for "striking Syrian military targets in Lebanon, and should that prove insufficient, striking at select targets in Syria proper." No wonder Perle was delighted by the Israeli strike. "It will help the peace process," he told the Washington Post, adding later that the United States itself might have to attack Syria.

But what Perle means by "helping the peace process" is not resolving the conflict by bringing about a viable, sovereign Palestinian state but rather--as underscored in "A Clean Break"--"transcending the Arab-Israeli conflict" altogether by forcing the Arabs to accept most, if not all, of Israel's territorial conquests and its nuclear hegemony in the region. This one-sided approach has succeeded only in fueling resentment against America, as demonstrated most recently by the October 15 bombing of a US convoy in Gaza that killed three Americans. The attack, which was denounced by Palestinian leaders, came just hours after the US veto of a Security Council resolution condemning Israel's new "security" wall, which gobbles up large swaths of land in the West Bank.

No one doubts that citizens of Syria and Lebanon would benefit from the demise of the Baathist dictatorship. But making an enemy of Syria will neither lead to the flowering of Syrian democracy nor bring an end to terror in Israeli cities. If any state is a breeding ground for terrorists today, it is Iraq, thanks to America's reckless war. The absence of stable governance in Mesopotamia poses far more of a threat to regional security than the presence of an Islamic Jihad office in Damascus. To be sure, states must be held accountable for fostering terrorism. What we need now, however, is not a Syria Accountability Act but an America Accountability Act.



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posted 17 October 2003 08:14 PM      Profile for April Follies   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Sharon Suggests Future Attacks on Syria

Just sayin'.


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al-Qa'bong
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posted 18 October 2003 04:27 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
From the Nation article:

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Yet Syria has also played an important role in stabilizing Lebanon since the civil war--a role quietly appreciated by Washington--and in encouraging Hezbollah's transformation from a radical militia to a pragmatic political party. Despite occasional flare-ups, violent incidents on the Lebanese-Israeli border have been rare since Israel's withdrawal in 2000.

The Accountability Act simply ignores this, in a flagrant display of the double standards of US Middle East policy. How, in good faith, can we call for sanctions against Syria for its occupation of Lebanon while coddling Israel, whose incomparably more violent and brutal occupation remains the chief source of troubles in the Mideast--the principal reason we are not viewed as honest brokers?


Despite the accusations of terrorism and howls for Syrian blood coming from Likudniks, the Syrians, according to this editorial, have been an agent of peace in the Middle East.

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Shortly after 9/11, the government received an extraordinary gift of hundreds of files on Al Qaeda, crucial data on the activities of radical Islamist cells throughout the Middle East and Europe and intelligence about future terrorist plans. These dossiers did not come from Israel or Saudi Arabia...but--from Syria.

Instead of asking "why do they hate us?" the question ought to be "why the hell shouldn't they hate us?" Jeebus Murphy on a stick, what kind of gang is running things in Wahington?


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al-Qa'bong
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posted 20 October 2003 04:40 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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The features of a conspiracy take on greater clarity when we consider the question of Israel's nuclear arsenal in conjunction with that nation's regional designs. The deliberate leaks to US and European media on Israel's nuclear capabilities are clearly intended to create the impression that Tel Aviv can and will strike wherever and whenever it wants without restraint or punishment.

There's Mischief Afoot


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pogge
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posted 21 October 2003 03:12 PM      Profile for pogge   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Cheney's new adviser has sights on Syria

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A neo-conservative strategist who has long called for the United States and Israel to work together to "roll back" the Ba'ath-led government in Syria, has been quietly appointed as a Middle East adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney.

David Wurmser, who had been working for the undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, John Bolton, joined Cheney's staff under its powerful national security director, I Lewis "Scooter" Libby, in mid-September, according to Cheney's office.

The move is significant, not only because Cheney is seen increasingly as the dominant foreign policy influence on President George W Bush, but also because it adds to the notion that neo-conservatives remain a formidable force under Bush, despite the sharp plunge in public confidence in Bush's handling of post-war Iraq resulting from the faulty assumptions propagated by the neo-cons before the war.


Wurmser is another think tanker from the AEI with strong ties to Perle, Wolfowitz, Chalabi, et al. His wife is associated with the Hudson Institute of which Perle is a director. (Funny how Perle keeps popping up like a bad penny.)


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