October 29, 2004


Jordan renews territorial dispute against Syria (Maariv International, 10/29/04)

Jordan has decided to renew a long dormant territorial dispute with Syria, and has issued Damascus with a formal demand to return territory illegaly seized in 1970. [...]

The renewed Jordanian demand is based on the 1923 map, which delineated the border between what was then the British controlled East Palestine and French occupied Syria. The Jordanians claim the map clearly shows the disputed land belongs to Jordan.

In addition to the map, the claim also includes a subtle hint that force could be used if all else fails, was made at the behest of Washington. The US is angry and frustrated at Syria, which has brazenly flouted promises and commitments to end its clandestine cooperation with the Sunni insurgents in Iraq. In addition Syria has refused to honor a UN demand to live up to its commitment to vacate Lebanon. Instead Assad has acted to increase Syria’s hold over Beirut, replacing former premier Al Hariri with a hand picked stooge.

It's like an episode of Nature where the other animals realize the big predator is bringing down his prey and they circle in for the scraps.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 29, 2004 1:11 PM

Had forgotten that pleasant tune...Kansas - Carry On Wayward Son

Posted by: curt at October 29, 2004 1:50 PM

No maps! The article doesn't have a map! What good is an article about geography without a map? Sheesh. (At least I didn't see one.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 29, 2004 2:12 PM

Raoul: the advent of the web has spawned an entire category of stories that might be called "Stories about interesting objects that we won't show you a picture of." I can't tell you how often I've clicked on a link to a story about a fabulous archaeological find or whatever, only to discovery the piece has no pictures.

Posted by: PapayaSF at October 29, 2004 2:47 PM


When Orrin dies, St. Peter will show him to his desk. The placard reads, "Headline writer, NY POST"

Posted by: Eugene S. at October 29, 2004 3:40 PM
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