[SPORK] Syria: the Cure for Bellis Interruptus?
jm at jmason.org
Sun Apr 13 14:12:52 PDT 2003
Jeff Bone said:
> Or maybe that should be Premature Victory. Or, All Dressed Up And
> Nowhere To Go Kick Ass:
No question whatsoever. Some depressing reading, courtesy of
http://18.104.22.168/article1621.htm : Feb 23rd: Richard Perle 'indicated
that after overthrowing Iraqi President Saddam Hussein Washington might
set its sights on Syria's Bashar al-Assad.'
Feb 24th: 'Israel regards Iran and Syria as greater threats, and it is
hoping that once Mr. Hussein is dispensed with, the dominoes will start to
8th Apr: 'Syria now top US target for 'regime change''.
And finally, my favourite, from way back on Feb 16th: 'U.S. official to
Israel: We'll deal with Syria, Iran after Iraq war: U.S. Undersecretary of
State John Bolton said in meetings with Israeli officials on Monday that
he has no doubt America will attack Iraq, and that it will be necessary to
deal with threats from Syria, Iran and North Korea afterwards.' That's
from Ha'aretz, now at http://22.214.171.124/article1467.htm .
Note: This article below appeared on an Israeli
newspapers web site ( Haaretz: )at this location
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/263923.html I duplicated the
article content and published it as it appears below. The top of the
Haaretz page originally carried the same headline. This appeared to
me to be a story worthy of attention and could even be described as
a exclusive scoop for Haaretz..
If you visit that page now you will see that the "scoop" lead story
has been replaced with an article titled "EU warns Iraq it faces a
'last chance' to disarm peacefully" The original headline was gone
and the story buried deep below the new article. Scroll down the
page http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/263923.html and see
the original article buried out of sight. What really annoys me about
this story is that Haaretz will be successful. This story will never
appear in the main stream media.
Maybe it's me? Maybe I am crazy to think it important when the
U.S. Undersecretary of State says that he has no doubt America will
Maybe I am crazy to think it important when this same person implies
that when the worlds only super power has destroyed a defenseless
country against the wishes of the majority of the worlds population
it will then "deal" with Syria, Iran and North Korea.
Is this a dream.....? Why do I feel like our country is being run by
New Jersey mafia boss Tony Soprano? and why would Haaretz want to bury
a huge story below a nondescript newswire article...? I think I know
why...... Do You?
U.S. official to Israel: We'll deal with Syria, Iran after Iraq war
U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton said in meetings with Israeli
officials on Monday that he has no doubt America will attack Iraq,
and that it will be necessary to deal with threats from Syria, Iran
and North Korea afterwards.
Bolton, who is undersecretary for arms control and international
security, is in Israel for meetings about preventing the spread of
weapons of mass destruction.
In a meeting with Bolton on Monday, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said
that Israel is concerned about the security threat posed by Iran. It's
important to deal with Iran even while American attention is turned
toward Iraq, Sharon said.
Bolton also met with Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Housing
and Construction Minister Natan Sharansky.
EU draft statement calls force a last resort A draft statement prepared
for a European Union summit on Monday said that UN weapons inspections
cannot continue indefinitely in Iraq without cooperation, but that
force should only be used as a last resort.
Speaking at a news conference after addressing the summit, United
Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged Baghdad to choose compliance
with disarmament over confrontation with the international community,
and said that any use of force without a UN mandate would undermine
the legitimacy of the Security Council and diminish support for
In addition, Annan said that Western nations should avoid turning on
each other over Iraq. At the summit, France insisted that it would try
to block any imminent U.S. attack on Baghdad while Britain called for
a swift deadline for action.
French President Jacques Chirac said France would oppose any effort to
draft a new UN resolution authorizing war at this time. France, Germany
and others say Iraq can be disarmed peacefully and must be given time.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair said time was running out and the EU
must set limits on how much longer it will allow Iraq to remain defiant.
Spain and Italy have also expressed support for the United States,
which advocates imminent military measures.
The United Nations "set out very clearly that this was the final
opportunity for Iraq to comply," British Foreign Secretary Jack
Straw said earlier. "That involves hard decisions for everyone across
Europe. It is only by fighting tyranny that we are able to enjoy the
freedoms that we do."
But the EU negotiations are not just about whether military action is
a necessary step to take against Iraq.
"We all know that this is about the matter of Iraq," German Foreign
Minister Joschka Fischer said. "But it's also about the matter of
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