January 12, 2008


Syria Rebuilds on Site Destroyed by Israeli Bombs (WILLIAM J. BROAD, 1/12/08, NY Times)

The puzzling site in Syria that Israeli jets bombed in September grew more curious on Friday with the release of a satellite photograph showing new construction there that resembles the site’s former main building.

Bomb it again. Do so publicly. And announce that we don't recognize the legitimacy of the regime and, therefore, feel free to intervene with impunity.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 12, 2008 10:02 AM

Be sure to buzz Damascus as well, with a few low passes (if any Navy fliers want to show off). Dare the Syrians to do anything.

Every day that Assad stays in power is a day of shame on the State Department, and a day of weakness for Bush.

Posted by: ratbert at January 12, 2008 12:47 PM

How Christian of you.
Recognize the legitimacy of the regime? Funny you should say that while Israel (perhaps the most illegitimate state in the eyes of the majority of the world) illegally occupies lands (which wouldn't matter to me if it didn't involve the sending of billions of military aid for the past six decades) and acts in blatant violation of international consensus.
Call me old-fashioned or even naive, but it seems a little counter-productive to amass support for one brutalizing regime over another. Yet, this has been an identifying aspect of imperial policies for quite some time.

Posted by: Gonzalez at January 13, 2008 3:29 AM

The defining aspect of Anglo-American Imperialism is the liberalization of regimes. There's no reason Syrians shouldn't be liberated in turn.

Posted by: oj at January 13, 2008 9:06 AM