US escalates tensions with Syria

“WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States heightened tensions with Syria, President George W. Bush (newsweb sites) leading the way by saying Syria was “out of step” with changes in the Middle East.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (newsweb sites) said Washington favours using diplomatic pressure against Syria but has not ruled out a military option. A group of US senators called on the administration to tighten sanctions against the Damascus government.

Bush said the US relationship with Syria was deteriorating and that Washington wants an international investigation into the assassination on Monday of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri.

The Lebanese opposition has accused Syria of involvement but Bush did not say who the United States believed was responsible. He predicted more information on the attack would come out over the next week, when he is on a visit to Europe.

Syria has thousands of troops in Lebanon and Bush said Syria was lagging behind changes in the Middle East.”

It would have been easier if Bashar’s dad was still in office, he didn’t have the same need to make a name for himself as the little pipsqueak does. And that is what concerns me, that this two bit tyrant’s ego will make him do something stupid. I sure hope that I am wrong.

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1 Comment

  1. Irina Tsukerman February 19, 2005 at 8:51 pm

    You’re probably right. That guy needs to be stopped. Somehow.

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