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Friday, November 24, 2006

ANALYSIS-Syria expects foes to tar it over Gemayel killing

http://zionism-israel.com/israel_news/2006/11/analysis-syria-expects-foes-to-tar-it.html

You don't say. Well yes, people might get upset over a little thing like that, though it is all in a days work for "Sister." A pro-Syrian Lebanese group took the "credit." Does anyone believe they would operate on their own?? This group is not mentioned in the Reuters story.
 
It says:
 
Syria, while clearly unhappy with the tribunal and with Lebanon's Western-backed government, argues that Gemayel's death plays into the hands of its Lebanese opponents and hurts its chances of dialogue with Europe and the United States.
In the same way as Hitler's invasion of Poland played into the hands of his Polish opponents.
 
It says:
 
Damascus had been heartened by mounting calls for U.S. President George W. Bush to talk to Syria and Iran, instead of punishing them, and to seek their help in stabilising Iraq.
 
As Berlin was heartened by calls for appeasement of Germany.
 
It says:
 
Gemayel's assassins struck just hours after Syria had taken a major symbolic step in restoring diplomatic ties with Iraq, without insisting on a prior timetable for a U.S. troop pullout.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair welcomed that move. "The very thing we have been seeking is to ensure that Syria becomes a help to Iraq ... rather than a hindrance," he said.
 
Hitler's invasion of Czechoslovakia came just a short time after Chamberlain had bought "peace in our time" at Munich. What a shame - just when things were going so well! Play with fire and you get burnt. Presumably, the Syrians will now kill even more Iraqis than previously.
 
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DAMASCUS, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Many in Lebanon have accused Syria of being behind the assassination of Christian politician Pierre
Gemayel, but Damascus denies any hand in Tuesday's attack, which it says damaged its own interests.

Syria now expects its enemies to use the killing to blacken its image and dash its hopes of a thaw in ties with the West.

Many Lebanese politicians say the slaying of another anti-Syrian figure in Lebanon was a Syrian bid to block a U.N.-backed  tribunal being set up to try the suspected killers of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri.

Syria, while clearly unhappy with the tribunal and with Lebanon's Western-backed government, argues that Gemayel's death plays into the hands of its Lebanese opponents and hurts its chances of dialogue with Europe and the United States.

"Syria is outraged by this terrible act," the Syrian embassy in Washington said in a statement. "In a time when the international community is advocating more engagement with Syria, such an act only stands to undermine these initiatives."

Damascus had been heartened by mounting calls for U.S. President George W. Bush to talk to Syria and Iran, instead of punishing them, and to seek their help in stabilising Iraq.

Gemayel's assassins struck just hours after Syria had taken a major symbolic step in restoring diplomatic ties with Iraq, without insisting on a prior timetable for a U.S. troop pullout.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair welcomed that move. "The very thing we have been seeking is to ensure that Syria becomes a help to Iraq ... rather than a hindrance," he said.

Blair, who eased Syria's isolation earlier this month by sending a senior envoy for talks with President Bashar al-Assad on Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Lebanon, has avoided blaming Syria directly for Gemayel's killing.

Bush also stopped just short of accusing Damascus of killing the industry minister, but voiced support for the Lebanese people's "efforts to defend their democracy against attempts by Syria, Iran and allies to foment instability and violence".


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