September 20, 2005

THE LONELY GUY:

US uses 'Libya model' to boost pressure on Syria: UN report on killing of former Lebanese leader may further isolate Damascus. (Nicholas Blanford, 9/21/05, The Christian Science Monitor)

Once considered key to Middle East stability, Syria is facing growing marginalization as the United States maintains a policy of unrelenting pressure against the Baathist regime.

American and Iraqi officials have stepped up their criticism of Syria in recent days in what some analysts believe is the beginning of an attempt by Washington to repeat the "Libya model" - total political and economic isolation to compel a U-turn in regime behavior.

"They are going to grab Syria by the throat and squeeze and shake, and see what kind of change falls out of the Syrian pockets.... It's going to be the harshest isolation they can manufacture," says Joshua Landis, a professor of Middle Eastern studies at the University of Oklahoma, presently based in Damascus and author of Syriacomment.com.

These are lonely times for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.


When Colonel Qaddafi was lonely Ronald Reagan sent him a visitor.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 20, 2005 6:48 PM
Comments

The JDAM sent to Qaddafi's tent was a courtesy detail.

Posted by: Gideon at September 20, 2005 7:03 PM

If Syria is listening to the Dems, MSM, Europeans, etc it probably figures Bush won't do anything but bluster so they might as well hang in their. Then again Bush doesn't have to worry about reelection so who knows.

Posted by: AWW at September 20, 2005 8:52 PM
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