Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Ian Williams Wonders If Syria Is Next

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Ian Williams Wonders If Syria Is Next

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Looking at the world from a "TIN. perspective," journalist Ian Williams, appearing at the Palestine Center Nov. 7, detailed Syria's recent performance as a rotating member of the security Council (see story on p. 11 of this issue). The U.N. correspondent for the Washington Report and other publications reminded the audience that, as one of the Arab states formed by the League of Nations from the remains of the Ottoman empire, Syria predated the creation of the U.N. and that both Syria and Lebanon were founding .members of the world body.

Unfortunately, Williams observed, Syria has recently treated the U.N. in much the same high-handed way as the U.S. has done-voting against the International Criminal Court (ICC), for instance-but, whereas Washington has the power to get away with such an attitude, Damascus does not. According to Williams, neither Syria's support on U.N. votes nor its cooperation in the "war on terrorism" has earned it any gratitude from Washington. Instead, he maintained, Syria-along with Cuba and Libya-is well on its way to being labeled part of the socalled "axis of evil." Moreover, Williams speculated, Syria may well be the next target on Washington's hit list. he cited as evidence Bush administration accusations of Syria's non-cooperation with Israel, harboring weapons of mass destruction (WMD)-whether its own or Iraq's-allowing "terrorists" to cross its border into Iraq to fight the U.S. occupation, ties with al-Qaeda, and even of harboring Saddam Hussain.

A combination of American lack of understanding and Syrian miscalculations created conditions for the U. …

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