September 15, 2005


In Syria, regime change by other means (Ehsan Ahrari, 9/16/05)

The United States has not abandoned the option of regime change. This time, the objective is to oust the Bashar Assad regime of Syria, but by using "other" means.

This use of other means includes a combination of old tactics used to topple Saddam Hussein, and also uses a number of new tactics aimed at ensuring that the European Union - or its major members, the ones that were derided in the past by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld as part of "old Europe" - does not oppose it, and that even the United Nations Security Council goes along with it. At least in principle, that is a deft approach.

Why has Syria become the target of America's fury?

To get a sense of how drastically we've transformed the Middle East in just four years it's helpful to look at a map, which reveals precisely why Syria is now in our sights:

Where once it was just another illiberal regime in the midst of many it is now surrounded by democracies and emerging democracies--having forced regime change in Palestine, Lebanon, and Iraq, it's the one nail sticking up and we've got a hammer.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 15, 2005 9:01 AM

Screw all that democracy crap. Do they have oil?

Posted by: AllenS at September 15, 2005 9:27 AM

Hot pursuit of terrorists into Syria will become our opening unless Syria gets the message and shuts down the Ho Chi Mihn(?) trail into Iraq.

Israel must keep the Golan Heights.

Posted by: Genecis at September 15, 2005 9:32 AM

"America's fury." I like the sound of that.

Posted by: Luciferous at September 15, 2005 6:35 PM

Goodness, this little ugly speck on the globe commands way too much of our attention.

Posted by: SP at September 15, 2005 6:40 PM

Sounds like the new Iranian President wants to give them the bomb before the Marines cross the Syrian border for good.

When I read that statement (Ahmedinijad offering nuclear material to Islamic states), I thought: "Who exactly is he going to give nuclear material to? Libya? No - already chickened out. The Saudis? No - he would rather drop one on them. Afghanistan? No - not unless Heykmatyr kills Karzai and takes over. Jordan? No - the Hashemites aren't his kind of Muslim. Egypt? No - Mubarak is in league with the Israelis. Turkey? No - they are part of NATO and resent Iran for many reasons.

Who is left? Morocco? Tunisia? Sudan? Indonesia? Kashmir? Hezbollah?

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 15, 2005 10:07 PM

Not Morrocco.

They are turning towards the West.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 16, 2005 2:48 AM

They all are.

Posted by: oj at September 16, 2005 7:18 AM
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