June 28, 2008

JEWS FOR BA'ATHISM!:

A Surprise Negotiation (David Ignatius, June 25, 2008, Washington Post)

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad favored an opening to Israel to counter attempts by the United States, France and Saudi Arabia to isolate his country. Syrian confidence in the Turkish negotiating channel increased after Israel indicated informally that it was prepared to accept terms for return of the Golan Heights (and related issues, such as water rights) that had been reached in direct Syrian-Israeli negotiations during the 1990s.

It's not only the most foolish sort of short-term thinking to help prop up a brutal dictatorship in a neighboring country, it's also, not to put too fine a point on it, an evil act.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 28, 2008 10:42 AM
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