Thursday, October 14, 2004
The Syrian situation
While I doubt that there would be an invasion of Syria by the US anytime soon, I would not doubt that the US might feel the need to take actions inside Syria, especially if Bush is reelected. The AP has a story about mortars being fired into Iraq from Syria targeting US soldiers.
82 mm mortar rounds have been fired at U.S. and Iraqi positions in and around Husaybah in the far west of Iraq's Anbar province, said Lt. Col. Chris Woodbridge, commander of the 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment.Israel has already demonstrated its ability to take military action inside of Lebanon and Syria with virtual impunity, but somehow I don't see the same being the case if the US attempts to take out these positions inside Syria. Indeed, an attempt to do so could really set a lot of bad things in motion. As Helena Cobban writes, the Middle East, from Lebanon to Afghanistan (and really stretching into Pakistan and the Caucasus) is a powder keg right now. And while a Kerry presidency might not have the initiative to go into Syria, it seems that the Bush administration has been itching to do so for a while now. Recently,
"Who exactly is firing these mortars, we do not know. But what we do know is that the point of origin of these rounds is on the Syrian side of the border," said Woodbridge, 39, of Brooklyn.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld called the Syrians "unhelpful" and accused them of "facilitating terrorists moving back and forth, money moving back and forth" to Iraq. Rumsfeld made the remarks during a speech at Council on Foreign Relations in New York.Also, allow me to refer back to my own post of September 2, Iran or Syria? Not that I'm self-important like that or anything.