October 25, 2008
As part of the incipient thaw in US relations with Damascus, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has relayed a friendly message to Hamas political leader Khalid Meshaal through Syrian foreign minister Walid Muallem’s aides.
Three years after forcing Syria to quit Lebanon, the Bush administration was ready to okay Syria’s massed troop concentration on Lebanese borders. Permission was granted in an apparently cursory meeting between Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Syrian foreign minister Walid Muallem on Sept. 27 at UN Center in New York.
Damascus counted this as validation of its drive for restored domination of Lebanon by dint of its military.
Washington also satisfied itself that the deal promised major profits:
1. The Assad government sounded willing for the first time to obstruct Hizballah and hold up its supplies of military hardware. [Dream On!!!]
2. It was inferred that Damascus was at last beginning, albeit two years late, to honor UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which banned arms supplies to Hizballah as part of the ceasefire which ended the Israel-Lebanon war. Syria and Iran mocked that resolution for two years by smuggling weapons in bulk to the Shiite terrorists. [What did you expect!!!]
3. Damascus’ implied willingness to go against Hizballah was taken by Washington as a measure of Assad’s readiness to stand up to Iran at present - and break away in the future. [Fantasy Land!!!]
4. And might not that willingness be extended to embrace Tehran’s other terrorist protégés, the Palestinian Hamas and Jihad Islami, both of whose headquarters have long been welcome in Damascus? [More Fantasy Land!!!]
Comment: The US Government can tell itself any fantasies it can imagine. This will only get worse with Obama, and even McCain. The US, before the altar of its stupidity, is sacrificing Lebanon. Its sickening to watch the decline of our great county. All of them, the Clintons, the Bushes, Gore, Powell, Brzezinski, the MSM, Academia, Carter, Islam, Socialists, Fascists, Communists, and the next US Administration, can all rot in hell!