Carol Platt Liebau: The Price of Appeasement

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The Price of Appeasement

There is much to be concerned about in the Middle East. As this account in the Washington Post makes clear, Syria once again feels emboldened to begin interfering in Lebanon.

It's hard to know just why this is happening now. Has the much-discussed inclination of James Baker to "talk" to Syria encouraged the Syrians to behave this way? Is it the sense that President Bush's ability to pursue an aggressive foreign policy against Middle East troublemakers has been fatally compromised through the election of a dovish Congress?

In any case, the idea that "help" in Iraq can be secured through the good offices of Iran and Syria is little short of craziness. It purchases short term "success" at the price of long term peace -- and would be little more than "kicking the can down the road" in the finest tradition of the Clinton Administration.


Blogger Greg said...

A show of weakness is answered with agression. What is so hard to understand about that?

11:19 AM  
Blogger Fredrick Schwartz said...

A dovish Congress? Now the GOP controls Congress until january '07. They've had control of Congress since before Bush was elected in 2000. The Baker Hamilton Iraq Study Group was a political move faced with having his party thrown out because of a botched use of force against a nation that merely was the haven of a brutal dictator. There is no way the recommendations can be anything other than the two clear choices. Permanent bases in Iraq which lead to direct involvement in an ongoing civil war. Or, departure and allow the evolution of Iraq to take place naturally given your disturbance through removing Saddam Hussein's influence from the equation.

Syria has meddled in the affairs of the lebanese since the youth of Hafez al-Assad. They will continue to meddle in the affairs of Lebanon until they get back the Golan Heights and the Maronites, the Druze and all those that support a coalition government in Beirut are driven out. American politics are no more than a topic of very colorful jokes in Damascus, this I can guarantee you and it has nothing to do with Nancy Pelosi and much more to deal with Ted Haggard.

And just this little side bit of advice for all you Iran watchers out there. Pay a little less attention to the vocal man Ahmadinejad who has a loud vocie yet no power, and more to the Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, who with one decree, or stroke of a pen can have Ahmadinejad removed from office, replaced and move his Navy into the Persian Gulf to begin a blockade of LNG ships and crude oil tankers both going and coming. No other office holder in Iran, nor the Majlis, holds such power, only the Grand Ayatollah.

Happy Thanksgiving


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