March 3, 2005


Syria shows strain of outside pressure (Hassan M. Fattah, March 3, 2005, The New York Times)

After decades of controlling Lebanon's political and economic life, Syria is facing the prospect of political and economic tumult as its hold over Lebanon weakens.

Under increasing pressure to withdraw its troops from Lebanon, the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad is showing signs of a siege mentality, many opposition figures say. [...]

"We are in the corner now," said Youssef Marish, the publisher of Al Mobky, a weekly review of culture and arts whose most recent issue was blocked by Syrian censors for being too critical regarding current events. "The problem is that pressure will never stop, not even when we leave Lebanon."

In an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica published Monday, Assad said he thought the United States might be preparing for military action against Syria.

"Washington has imposed sanctions on us and isolated us in the past, but each time the circle hasn't closed around us," he said. "If, however, you ask me if I'm expecting an armed attack, well, I've seen it coming since the end of the war in Iraq."

Speaking of the wisdom of Slateniks--here's another early entry for most purblind essay of 2005

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 3, 2005 7:47 AM
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