“Moderate” Syria in the news

posted at 12:14 pm on November 29, 2006 by Bryan

The state that Rev. Rick Warren describes as “moderate,” isn’t.

NEW YORK: Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said Washington’s problem with Syria is not a lack of communication between the two governments, but Syria’s habit of dabbling in terrorist activities throughout the Middle East.

At an event hosted by the New York City Asia Society, Burns said Washington’s isolation of Syria has put the country “in the deep freeze.”

“They’re not going to derive the benefits of a normal political or economic relationship with the Sunni Arab states, or with the EU states or with the U.S. as long as they continue to be caught in the nexus of terrorism, along with Iran, in supporting those major Middle East terrorist groups that have such a negative effect on Israel, the Palestinians and Lebanon,” he said Monday.

The U.S has had a problematic relationship with Damascus in recent years, with Washington accusing Syria of trying to undermine the Lebanese government of Prime Minister Fuad Saniora, which is dominated by opponents of Syria.

“What most of us are trying to do is look for solutions to the problems in the Middle East, and what Syria and Iran appear to be doing is looking to divide, and looking to create and instigate conflict,” Burns said.

Syria is part of the Islamic terrorism problem, in other words.

I wonder: Is Burns’ statement not just a signal to Syria, but also to the Baker-Hamilton group, that the Bush administration isn’t keen on negotiating with Syria over Iraq?

More: Even the French see through Syria:

France and the United States agree there is no point in talking to Syria because the conditions for an honest dialogue do not exist, French President Jacques Chirac said Wednesday.

Chirac’s comments come a day after U.S. National Security Adviser Steven Hadley said that there was no point in Israel holding negotiations with Syria as long as Damascus continues to support and facilitate terrorism.

U.S. President George W. Bush is under strong domestic pressure to talk to Syria and Iran in an effort to reduce sectarian violence and avert civil war in Iraq.

Well, I’d say there is some signal-sending going on. From the administration’s point of view, negotiating with Syria over Iraq seems to be a non-starter. Good.


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France and the United States agree there is no point in talking to Syria because the conditions for an honest dialogue do not exist, French President Jacques Chirac said Wednesday.

Do the dumbo libbies know their beloved France is also against talking to Syria?

JackM on November 29, 2006 at 12:33 PM

Perhaps we could initiate a student exchange program for budding terrorists?

bloggless on November 29, 2006 at 12:33 PM

Dabbling in terrorist activities? State-sponsored assassinations are dabbling?

JammieWearingFool on November 29, 2006 at 12:40 PM

“Dabbling?”

That has got to be the funniest thing I’ve heard in a long time.

KatieFavazza on November 29, 2006 at 12:54 PM

Can we “moderately” bomb them?

mesablue on November 29, 2006 at 12:55 PM

Perhaps we could initiate a student exchange program for budding terrorists? — bloggless

…we’ve been getting their half of the exchange for a generation now.

Puritan1648 on November 29, 2006 at 12:59 PM

Can we “moderately” bomb them?

Fantastic idea!

KatieFavazza on November 29, 2006 at 1:08 PM

Can’t help but echo others here: dabbling?

Unbelievable.

Cary on November 29, 2006 at 1:33 PM

Well, I’d say there is some signal-sending going on.

But is daddy’s boy Baker listening…?

urbancenturion on November 29, 2006 at 1:59 PM

What is the name that town that Assad’s father wiped off the map two or three decades or so ago? Thirty to forty thousand dead. That’s how that father & son team rules Syria: they kill lots people. They put lotsa people in jail, and torture them ( no waterboarding, but Saddam-style mutilation.

and yet, the Usual Suspects want to TALK……

Janos Hunyadi on November 29, 2006 at 5:10 PM

Does anybody know how to access another person’s profile to get their email address????

Puritan,

Dr. Kim said that Reformation Media might have the full Schuller interview somewhere. I’m going to email them.

PRCalDude on November 29, 2006 at 5:11 PM

Puritan,

PRCalDude@gmail.com

PRCalDude on November 29, 2006 at 7:51 PM

Dammit MesaBlue! You stole my line! :-)

No, let’s EXTREMELY bomb them!

Can we moderately put Assad in a prison cell next to Saddam? As in just politely escort him into the cell instead of throwing him in there full force. Naaah, just throw him in hard.

You should’ve opened up an eye clinic or vision center, Bashir. You had a skill, you could’ve made an honest living, helping people to see better. But you chose to sponsor terrorism. You’re next.

Tony737 on November 29, 2006 at 8:08 PM

Janos Hunyadi

That would be Hama, Syria.

eagles5 on November 29, 2006 at 8:57 PM

I meant to add this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hama_Massacre

eagles5 on November 29, 2006 at 8:59 PM

thanks, eagles5, and I’m one of those who “believes that the number ( of deaths ) is considerably higher” than 25K.

Ethnic cleansing, virtually unreported at the time. Assad(s) kill, the media enables

Janos Hunyadi on November 30, 2006 at 12:09 AM