January 9, 2008

I DON'T THINK THAT WORD MEANS WHAT YOU THINK IT MEANS:

The Lebanon Red Line (David Makovsky, 1/09/08, Haaretz)

The common view is that the Bush administration does not want Israel to hold talks with Syria because Damascus is on the "waiting list of the 'axis of evil.'" To be sure, the U.S. has no love lost for Syria due to terrorism, but as Annapolis indicated, the U.S. knew when it was advantageous to invite Syria to a peace conference. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice believes Syrian participation in Annapolis could reduce terrorism.

Rather, the Bush administration's anger with Syria is most pronounced over Lebanon, an issue which has become more acute as Syria continues to block the naming of a new Lebanese president. Of all the reasons Bush cited at his last press conference in late December when he stated, "my patience ran out on President Assad a long time ago," the longest explanation focused on Syria's efforts to destabilize Lebanon.

What is not appreciated in Israel is that the Bush administration deems the very fragile Lebanese sovereignty as one of the great successes of its Middle East policy.


Booting Syria out was a good thing, but Hezbollahstan is essentially a sovereifgn nation of its own, so until the state is officially divided it won't be a Bush success nor a complete loss for Syria. And until the regime is changed in Syria the President's Middle East policy won't be successful. He has to ignore the Israeli desire for "stability." It is a disservice to Syrians, Kurds, Lebanese, Palestinians and Iraqis as well as our own ideals.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 9, 2008 12:02 PM
Comments

There can't be a hezbollastan when so many hezbollah reside in beirut. surely

Posted by: mike in europe at January 9, 2008 3:32 PM

The Shi'a got Baghdad too.

Posted by: oj at January 9, 2008 4:45 PM
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