by Barry Rubin
Forgive me for writing so much about U.S.-Syria events but it is such a remarkable story that it deserves a lot of attention and it really does reveal a great deal about the problems of current
Of course the administration has reasons for behaving the way it does—though not always good ones. It wants to pretend there's an easy way out over Iran by pulling Syria away from Tehran (despite Syria confirming and strengthening the alliance every day); hoping Syria won't escalate during Iraq pull-out (and ignoring it every time Damascus sponsors a major terror attack there); trying to prove that engagement works and avoiding conflicts.
Of course the problem is that this feeds Syrian arrogance and bad behavior. If you've never followed the speeches of Syrian leaders and the media there, you can't imagine how they think: We are the center of the earth!
But, as I noted, the latest American concession was met by a Syrian punch in the teeth: the summit of
Now, however, the Syrians and their friends have gone even further in spitting on the
Only hours after Hizballah's most powerful figure, Hasan Nasrallah, returned from
Moussawi continued: "Whatever the Americans know about
By the way, Moussawi is a Hizballah member of parliament, a category which according to
Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal.
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