It seems that this week, even just temporarily,
Damascus, along with the Islamic Republic of Iran, funds and helps supply Hizballah, which launched the attacks on Israeli troops in July which led to a war that lasted over a month and devastated Lebanon and segments of northern Israel (the aftereffects of which may just topple the current government in Jerusalem, leading to fresh elections before too long).
Are we really supposed to believe that a day after the world commemorated the fifth anniversary of the worst-ever terrorist attacks in history, on September 11, 2001, another terrorist attack – which took place in the capital of an authoritarian country that has a history of sponsoring terrorist attacks elsewhere – was in no way, shape or form connected with the regime in Damascus? We’re talking about a regime that regularly sponsors groups which have killed or wish to kill American citizens. Coincidence? Hardly.
We’re talking about a country that every so often says it wants peace with Israel, but at the same time won’t allow you into the country if there is any evidence at all – even an article of clothing with a concealed tag having Hebrew on it packed at the bottom of your luggage – that you’ve ever visited the Jewish state (of course, diplomats are another matter).
We’re talking about a country that has no intention of stopping its support for terrorism suddenly getting credit for stopping a single terrorist attack. How many appeasement-minded, utopian-dreaming Europeans will see what happened on September 12 and say “Hey, maybe al-Assad isn’t so bad after all.”
How many appeasement-minded Americans will do the same?
This morning I saw an article on the Time magazine website, with the title “Why
I’m sorry, but…I feel they know exactly what they do.
These terrorists had two car bombs. Only one went off. How is it, exactly, in a tightly-controlled society, where supplying-information-on-your-neighbor is official policy, that such an elaborate plot could be planned and then even have the slightest chance of being executed without someone in the Syrian government knowing about it? It seems not too long ago – and it wasn’t – that
Even if the car-bombs were assembled in one of
It may very well be that a group affiliated with al-Qaeda, or some other terrorist group, managed to outwit Syria’s secret police, bypass most security preparations in the capital, and begin to carry out a terrorist attack on a U.S. Embassy not only with American troops within the compound but surrounded by thirty Syrian security troops on the perimeter. One of four terrorists was captured; the other three were killed in a firefight. It may be that Syrian interrogators grill the captured terrorist and gain insight into some new threat not only to
If the attack was subcontracted, those who carried it out might not necessarily be able to finger those ultimately responsible. It could be that the Syrian government – or elements within that government, as in the Rafik Hariri assassination – had something to do with this yesterday’s terror strike. After all, the Syrian government allowed its people to burn down two foreign embassies last fall in the wake of the Muhammad cartoons printed in
Though its government hosts the offices of many a terror group, by “preventing” a terrorist operation it might have actually been responsible for,
In a somewhat chaotic environment like the
When the Syrian ambassador in Washington blames Israel and the U.S. for Muslim extremism, and so blithely ignores Arab authoritarianism and omits home-grown Islamic fundamentalism as a cause for events like 9/11/01, 3/11/04, 7/7/05 or attempted attacks like 9/12/06 in Damascus…something’s wrong, and it isn’t with us. Even the New York Times blames our presence in
But, the thing is, we’re not forcing Islamic terrorists to carry out attacks against their fellow Iraqis, or against our own troops. The terrorists – and there are too many people who willingly forget this – are making the deliberate choice to slaughter their own people and target our soldiers in the name of Allah, Muhammad and the Qu’ran. Those Iraqis who are opposed to our presence could just as easily march peacefully in demonstrations, but they would likely be killed outright by insurgents for daring to bravely assemble freely despite their fear.
As for the Allawite regime itself…well, I think that Bashar Assad and all his minions, as well as those in the “Old Guard”, can go to hell. They’ll not receive my thanks, even if they remotely deserve it.