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Arabic News.com

Washington's political war on Syria, Takrit negotiates and fight; vagueness in al-Najaf
Iraq-USA, Politics, 4/14/2003

American officials including President George Bush, the secretary of state Colin Powel and the defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld have escalated their political campaign against Syria. They repeated accusations against Damascus of supporting the regime of Saddam Hussein before it fell and of providing weapons and volunteers to Iraq. They also repeated their warning to Damascus not to harbor the former Iraqi leaderships, but expected Syria to implement their demands.

It was noted that the US administration did not limit its accusations against Syria to the Iraqi issue as used to be during the few past years, but also re-opened old files including the issue of " supporting terrorism" and "developing mass destruction weapons." The US administration also opened a new file on the "Syrian occupation of Lebanon."

Meantime, the American forces yesterday entered the outskirts of Takrit where fierce fighting took place with Iraqi fighters positioned in it, while news reports talked about negotiations between the American troops and the city's tribes who stressed their readiness to hand over the city but under pretext to not steal and not to deploy any of the opposition forces into it.

During the two past days, the American occupation forces resorted to local citizens and formed people's commissions to keep security and order in al-Musel and Baghdad clashes continued yesterday and resulted in killing one American soldier and wounding other six.

The most remarkable of these clashes happened Sunday late night until Monday dawn time near Palestine Hotel in the downtown of Baghdad where a fierce fight took place that lasted for one and a half hours during which the occupation forces used light bombs.

The results of the American occupation started to result in more conflicts inside the Iraqi society especially inside the Shiite community as vagueness prevailed in the city of al-Najaf following reports on besieging the house of the Shiite scholar Ayatullah Ali al-Seistani by supporters of Muqtada Muhammad al-Sader and threatening him to leave Iraq. A matter which was denied by al-Sader's representative, just days following the assassination of the chairman of al-Khuei foundation of Abdul Majeed al-Khuei at the hands of who were said to be supporters of Muqtada al-Sader.

At a time when Iraqi opposition leaderships are preparing to meet tomorrow under the American occupation patronage in al-Nasireyah city, the leading figure at the Iraqi National Congress Ahmad al- Jalabi had decided as since from now the objectives of the coming phase "removing Baathism" from Iraq. A step on which most of the opposition trends agree and represents an announced slogan for the USA in the context to getting rid off Hussein's legacy.

Al-Jalabi announced he will not take part in al-Nasiriyah meeting rather "will delegate a representative for myself." The US had asked the participants to give their vision on the provisional Iraqi authority and the meeting will last for one day and a statement will be issued at its conclusion.

However, despite the American escalation against Syria, the prevailing opinion in the circles of analysts is that Washington will meet great difficulty in convincing the American public opinion as well as the world public opinion to that Syria constitutes "a clear and direct danger" as it had succeeded with Iraq and this if for many reasons, including the absence of any international or legal cover ( like UN Security Council resolutions concerning Iraq), in addition to a vast European rejection including Britain.
ever heard that joke about republicans? 14.Apr.2003 09:14

this thing here

republicans: they can't win elections at home so they have to win elections abroad.

Perle Admits War on Syria Would Be a 'Gamble' 14.Apr.2003 09:20


Does America wish to take another gamble, another roll of the dice for world war, based upon Perle's megalomania?

Remarks of the Hon. Richard Perle
FPRI Annual Dinner, November 14, 2001

Found at  http://www.fpri.org/transcripts/annualdinner.20011114.perle.nextstopiraq.html

<This address was delivered at FPRI's Annual Dinner, honoring John M. Templeton, Jr. (see Remarks by John M. Templeton, Jr.).. A condensed version of this talk was circulated as a Nov. 30, 2001 FPRI E-Note, which in turn was excerpted as a column in the National Post of Canada, Dec. 7, 2001, the San Diego Union Tribune, December 16, 2001, and elsewhere.>

"[W]e then go on to destroy the regime of Saddam Hussein, and we certainly could if we chose to do so, I think we would have an impressive case to make to the Syrians, the Somalis and others. We could deliver a short message, a two-word message: 'You're next. You're next unless you stop the practice of supporting terrorism.' Given the fact that until now there has been no cost attached to supporting terror, I think there's a reasonable prospect that looking at the costs on the one side - that is, that those regimes will be brought to an end - and the benefits on the other - they will decide to get out of the terrorist business. It seems to me a reasonable gamble in any event."

we just steal elections. 14.Apr.2003 10:42


we just steal them, so don't be disappointed in 2004.

This all sounds familiar 14.Apr.2003 17:27


I remember another time in history when something like this happened. First this guy who took over a "democratic" country invaded, sorry - liberated, the Sudatenland to free his people their. Then he had to move on to Czecheslovakia, then Poland, then Finland....