Since coming to office,
The extension of sanctions did not really surprise the Syrian regime. Its official and media reactions were mild given the significance of the move.
"The American administration made a mistake by sending such a message to
So if extending sanctions is not in
The reality is that
But it's a case of shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted. Hezbollah has already built a huge arsenal since the 2006 July War with
In fact, in addition to supplying Hezbollah with advanced weapons,
Back to the sanctions: President Obama has indicated that they are not only a response to
"The actions of certain persons continue to contribute to political and economic instability in
On Monday, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will travel to
However, the swift pace of the enhancing friendships also came after
On another level, the extension of sanctions also coincided with the latest preparations for the launch of the Israeli-Palestinian proximity talks, as prospects for peace talks between Syria and Israel are slim (indeed, the talks are on hold). Obama's main goal is to achieve peace in the Middle East, and isolate
Peace would mean that
Does this mean that the
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