Category: Syria

Nov 10 2012

You should be so lucky

My President Is Busy

By Thomas L. Friedman, November 10, 2012

 

Israeli friends have been asking me whether a re-elected President Obama will take revenge on Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu for the way he and Sheldon Adelson, his foolhardy financier, openly backed Mitt Romney. My answer to Israelis is this: You should be so lucky.

You should be so lucky that the president feels he has the time, energy and political capital to spend wrestling with Bibi to forge … [more]

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Aug 27 2012

Keeping clean is a dirty business

The Syrian army would like to appear squeaky clean. It isn’t

By Robert Fisk, Monday 27 August 2012

 

Every day, a new massacre is reported in Syria. Yesterday, it was Daraya. Slaughter by Syrian troops, according to those opposed to Bashar al-Assad. Slaughter by Bashar’s “terrorist” opponents, the Syrian army said, producing the wife of a soldier whom they said had been shot and left for dead in a Daraya graveyard.

Of course, all armies want to stay clean. … [more]

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Aug 06 2012

The other side of the fork was chosen

Could Syria’s Current Predicament Have Been Avoided Over A Decade Ago?

By Ehsani, Friday, August 3rd, 2012

 

Like nearly 25 million other Syrians, one cannot help but feel stunned and exasperated by the events engulfing our country.  How did we get here? How can a country long associated with “stability” suddenly unravel and enter what seems to most like a black hole?

Things could not look more differently back in November 2000. Barely few months into his Presidency, the … [more]

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Jun 07 2003

Rights and wrongs are rather more complex

Syria’s Shades of Gray

By William Dalrymple, June 07, 2003

 

The United States has probably never been more engaged in the Middle East than now, with an American army of occupation in Iraq and President Bush promoting a Israeli-Palestinian road map to peace. Yet the Bush administration has virtually ignored Syria, which physically links Iraq and Israel, except to single it out as a target of occasional bellicose threats. There has been no question of constructive engagement with Iraq’s … [more]

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