Wednesday, September 22, 2004

The road to Damascus 

Apropos yesterday's brief mention of Lebanon as the example for Iraq to emulate, I just chanced on this news story:

"Syria will withdraw fully from Lebanon only after Israel ends its occupation of all Arab lands, Lebanese Defense Minister Mahmoud Hammoud declared yesterday."
The practice of hostage-taking seems to be spreading in the Middle East from individuals to the whole countries. And if Israel doesn't end its occupation in the next 24 hours, will Syria then behead Lebanon and post a video on an obscure website?

Not to be too harsh on Syria, though; they have been making some right noises over the last few days, like pulling
a limited number of troops from outside Beirut, and putting out feelers towards the US in regards to Iraq's border security. It's probably all smoke and mirrors, but let's wait and see.


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